When it comes to mental health struggles, African Americans too often avoid conversation of a paralyzing issue such as depression. As natural as it for many of us to be plagued by the blues, for some it’s easier to try and ignore the fire, than it is to find a way out of the flames.
For mega star Jennifer Holliday, famed for her Tony Award winning portrayal of Effie in the Broadway musical Dream Girls, depression was a 10-year reality that refused to simmer out softy under the planks of her career.
“I suffered for many years from chronic depression,” Holliday shared with Insight News. “I was diagnosed with clinical depression after I tried to commit suicide in 1990. Many years before I was diagnosed, I had gone without help; suffering in silence, and mainly because back in the early 80s people in the entertainment industry didn’t talk about depression. It just wasn’t sexy to talk about mental health problems.”