Burnout and stress are rampant among Black women, especially as we continue to digest trauma imposed on us by news of police brutality, the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on Black communities, inflation, dating…the list is endless. Now more than ever, the stress is coming to a head and it has to be addressed.
According to the American Psychological Association, Black Americans are 1.5 times more likely than White Americans to report feeling sad most or all the time, and they are 1.6 times more likely to say that things feel like an effort most or all of the time (National Health Interview Survey, 2018). Black women are 1.8 times more likely than Black men to report sadness most or all the time and are 2.4 times more likely than Black men to report feeling hopeless more or all the time.
This is a problem.
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