Doctors' Notes

Celebrities Bringing Awareness to Mental Health

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Welcome to Doctors’ Notes, our newest contribution from Urban Health correspondents and husband and wife physicians Dr. Rob and Dr. Karla Robinson.  The dynamic duo will be fielding questions about health, as it relates to African Americans.  Please feel free to send them questions via digitalpitches@ebony.comWe promise to keep it anonymous. 


As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, we don’t ever want our attention and commitment to raising awareness of the mental health issues in our community to end.  As news reports of those living on the edge with undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues flood the media on a daily basis, we are reminded of the importance of initiating the discussion on the taboo topic of mental illness in our community, and supporting those that need to seek help.

While most don’t realize the true impact of mental illness, it continues to claim the lives of many young people in our community.  In fact, suicide is the third leading cause of death in young Black men ages 15-24 and in young Black females aged 10-14.

Several celebrities have spoken out about their own mental health struggles in an effort to encourage us to embrace others who may have mental health challenges.  As we highlight these celebrities for having the courage to take a stand against the stigma of mental illness, let’s remember those who may be struggling in our own households, communities, and churches.

If you or a loved one needs more information about mental health, please visit for additional resources.


Chris Brown

His recent diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder may explain some of his violent and erratic behavior over the last several years.  He is reportedly undergoing treatment and on the road to recovery.

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