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Ex-actress Maia Campbell’s viral video on mental illness is no laughing matter

Starring in the hit sitcom, “In the House,” along with Debbie Allen and LL Cool J., Maia Campbell was a celebrity on the rise. A successful teen actress in the 1990s, her career suffered a major setback in the 2000s. While the actress is known to have trouble with drugs in the past, a recent YouTube video, showing the beautiful actress on the streets of Stone Mountain, Georgia, minus a tooth, begging for crack, describing an alleged rape, acting unpredictably and possibly going through a relapse, comes as a rude shock.

Instead of helping the former actress, T-Hood, the alleged Atlanta rapper who recorded the video, used it to humiliate her. In response to the backlash that he received for sharing the video, the rapper has issued a statement apologizing to Campbell and her fans, saying that he meant no harm. While the video went viral and was shared by many on the Internet, it clearly reflected the stigma and the distressing attitude that the society has towards mental illness.

Though LL Cool J., reached out to Campbell in an attempt to help his troubled former co-star, she declined his help, saying that she was good.

Decline of a star

With an infamous drug abuse history and a career-long struggle with bipolar disorder (BD), things began falling apart for Campbell when she abruptly stopped taking her medicines in 2010. The same year, the actress was arrested for theft and was sent to a mental health facility.

In a 2012 episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” the 40-year-old actress revealed her mental health struggles, her battle with drug addiction as a result of BD, her rocky relationship with her dead mother and her regret upon losing the custody of her daughter, Elisha.

No laughing matter

When it comes to mental health, African-Americans are no different. Though they are also prone to mental health disorders, their worries and experiences differ due to their culture and the stigma attached to mental illnesses. According to statistics shared by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), the African-American community is 20 percent more likely to experience mental health concerns, compared to the rest of the population.

Further, African-Americans are 10 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress, especially among those living below the poverty line. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has revealed that some of the common mental health disorders among African-Americans include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide. While the rate of suicide for African-Americans was found to be 70 percent lower than that of the non-Hispanic white population, the death rate from suicide for African-American men was more than four times that of African-American women in 2014.

Mental illness is treatable

An individual’s mental health is as important as his/her physical and spiritual well-being. A leading dual diagnosis treatment center for women in Chandler, Sovereign Health of Arizona, provides the highest quality care for drug and alcohol addiction, mental health disorders, and co-occurring conditions to its patients in a safe, private and compassionate environment.

Basis the symptoms of co-occurring illnesses, a patient’s dual diagnosis rehabilitation program may include detoxification, medication, and/or individual, group therapy or experiential therapies like yoga, meditation, art or music therapy. For more information on our extremely successful dual diagnosis recovery programs or to locate our state-of-the-art treatment centers near you, call our 24/7 helpline number. You can even chat online with one of our representatives for further assistance.

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