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NASW-NC Member Victor Armstrong Featured on UNC-TV and in Stat News!

Friday, June 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
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NASW-NC Member Victor Armstrong took part in a discussion on suicide prevention and mental health for UNC-TV.


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Victor was also featured in an article by Stat News.


For Black youth, a time of upheaval takes a toll on mental health

Stat News


There are also cultural barriers, including a stigma about mental health issues, Victor Armstrong, director of mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, told STAT.


“Rather than being able to express the pain, fear and anger, what we’re told when we’re young is that we should suck it up and be strong — our great-great grandparents survived slavery and our grandparents survived Jim Crow,” said Armstrong, a clinical social worker. “For those raised in the church, there is added pressure. We are told to look to God for strength rather than acknowledge we feel pain, hurt, and anger. Those messages have done a disservice to generations of Black people.”


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