Freeda Foreman, 42, the daughter of boxing great George Foreman, died of suicide over the weekend. She was a former boxer, wife, mother, and grandmother. According to several news outlets, Foreman was found hanging in her closet. The Harris County Coroner’s Office ruled her death as “asphyxia by hanging.”
Mental health and depression continue to be a challenge for many in the black community. Black women in particular deal with a bevy of triggering issues from maintaining balance at home to trying to survive on the job. No one should deal with this alone.
As we are again reminded of the scourge of untreated mental health in the black community, here are a few tips on how to cope with depression:
Get a therapist
There is no shame in talking to someone who can help diagnosis whatever it is that you are feeling.
Shut the technology off
Detach yourself from the environment that brings you down. Sometimes this can be our space online or simply being around the people we live with. Give yourself a break.
Join a group or organization that takes you out of your daily routine. Giving back to others can boost your mood.
Tell your BFF
We deal with too much alone and can harbor too many negative feelings. Talk to someone. Even if it’s via text. Open up about your feelings.
Slide in our DMs
Seriously, you need someone to talk to, you can count on us.
If no one has told you this yet today, you are amazing, loved, and appreciated.
You can reach someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.
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