Professionals encourage minorities to seek therapy if needed


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – In an effort to raise awareness of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, mental health professionals are encouraging those who need help to make sure they don’t shy away to ask.

“It’s such a stigmatized subject.”

Licensed Counselor Tabria Corprew is passionate about strengthening the mental health of minority women

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While seeing all women, he specializes in advising women who are looking to start a family, already pregnant or postpartum.

“A lot of the time, getting mothers into therapy who identify as black, indigenous of color is the hardest part.”

Difficult, he says, because of a stigma

“We don’t want to be diagnosed or seen as struggling.”

According to the CDC, the maternal mortality rate for indigenous women is 2 times higher and for black women almost 3 times higher than for white women.

“It’s a very scary thing to think about pregnancy, but also to be pregnant and trust your provider and know that they’re going to give you the best maternal care and they’re not going to be biased by race or that he doesn’t stereotype you,” said licensed counselor Tabria Corprew.

Corprew says counseling can help worried mothers and mothers-to-be speak out.

“I really encourage them to speak up, to stand up for themselves, if they need to switch providers, be okay with that.”

She says going to therapy can give you more skills to navigate life even outside of a session.

“That’s why therapy is so important because there are tons of interventions and techniques and tools and things that we’ve been trained on and taught that we can teach clients that can be helpful when not seeking therapy or outside of therapy sessions.

She encourages women of color to try resources like websites called Therapy for Black Girls and another called Inclusive Therapist to find a mental health provider.

Because a conversation with a mental health professional.

Can go far.

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