As a black man in America there is still a stigma surrounding health. This can be your mental state of health as well as physical. We have to get our check-ups bi-annually and be willing to talk to a therapist when needed. The link between mental health and physical health is astronomical. Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can have a negative impact on physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions.Since the founding of the NHS in 1948, physical care and mental health care have largely been disconnected. There is an increasing call on healthcare professionals to consider psychological wellbeing when treating the physical symptoms of a condition and vice versa. (mentalhealth.org ,2016) I have neglected my own physical and mental health for far too long.
I'm not naive and I understand how hard it may be to go to and trust doctors. It's even harder when you're a single person and you don't have insurance. These roadblocks are not excuses they are legit reasons. When you walk into a room and a person that doesn't look relatable to you tells you to do these seemingly silly breathing exercises, why all the while never truly getting to the root of your problem. Therapy and Doctors are not negotiable though, I am the first to say "this doctor doesn't know me or my problems". He or she cannot relate, and quite frankly, that may be true but remember the old saying "If you don't change nothing then nothing will ever change.
Here at Maximize Entertainment we try to curate a family atmosphere where our talent is encouraged to check on there physical and mental health. I never had the privilege of knowing the great Earl "DMX" Simmons. I felt I had personal connection with him through his music. My favorite album " and then there was X" was a classic album I played consistently through my teenage years and into adulthood. So for the next few days remember the legacy of Earl Simmons and ask yourself did DMX take care of him or did he lead to his death?