Music & Art Reflect Life

Music & Art Reflect Life

It is a known fact that “music and art reflect life.” Within the African American community, some may speculate that music has always reflected mental health issues through its sad and sultry tones often topped with stories of heartbreak and forced resiliency. Though subtle, the lyrics of mental health challenges are often popular, embraced, and normalized in ways that may contribute to a collective understanding that pain is inevitable. – Psychology Today

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(psychologytoday.com)—Several musicians have utilized their international platforms to address mental health through interviews, catchy lyrics, and gripping narratives. Over the last few years, there has been increasing attention to mental health in the media and music. Some may wonder if this increasing attention has changed perceptions about going to therapy among African Americans. In general, research consistently reports that stigma is a barrier to African Americans seeking professional psychological services (Turner et al., 2016). With time it may be possible to better understand what relationships exist between help-seeking behaviors and discussions of mental health in music.