Black women's help-seeking and self-care strategies: A phenomenological exploration

Melany Silas, Derek X Seward

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Within counseling and other mental health disciplines, Black women are underserved, psychologically misdiagnosed, and one of the least researched minoritized cultural populations. We used a hermeneutic phenomenological study to understand the lived experiences of 16 Black women who experienced mental health stress to understand their mental health needs, barriers to mental health care, and help-seeking and self-care practices. Findings included the following four themes: perspectives on oppression on mental health, socio-cultural messages about self-care and help-seeking, perspectives about self-care, and perspectives about professional counseling. Implications for counselors are discussed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Counseling & Development
StateE-pub ahead of print - 2023


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