A D.C. startup has developed an app that aims to bring therapy to black men who might otherwise avoid getting help.
Kevin Dedner struggled with depression for two years. After putting off getting help, he finally reached out.
Dedner visited three therapists, but he felt that none of them understood the stress and emotions unique to black men.
Dedner started the app Henry Health as a way for males in the black community to get access to mental health care.
"Once we become aware of our own suffering, and we’ve suffered, then we can see that so many others are suffering, and we’re empowered to do something about it,” he said.
Henry Health provides self-care tips and connects men with culturally responsive therapists. Patients have said they feel more comfortable when they talk to someone who looks like them.
Factors that can result in mental illness are found in higher numbers in the black community, according to Henry Health.