Dean Michael A. Lindsey Takes the Main Stage at iHeartMedia Expo
Dean Lindsey said about the mental health of Black men and boys, “We don’t have words to put to how we feel, because we’re taught to ‘man up’ and tough it out, and not articulate what the pain is.”
When Black boys and men are prevented from verbally expressing their pain, Dean Lindsey said, too often “That pain turns inward, whether you’re smoking it out, drinking it out or acting it out on somebody else.”
“We can help young brothers...express themselves,” he advised. “It’s not so much [saying] are ‘Are you good?’ but ‘How are you feeling? Talk to me about what you’re feeling right now.’”
Dean Lindsey also co-led a breakout session about Black suicide prevention that was attended by community members and mental health practitioners.