As a Black American myself, we should learn and recognize that taking care of ourselves is very important. It is clear that Whitney Houston suffered from mental health issues that sadly most people ignore.
Why? Because…Mental health treatment is a taboo subject to Black Americans because of fear and misunderstanding. No one would like to admit that their family member or family is seeking psychiatric treatment(s).
I am not saying that it is wrong to seek spiritual help, but when mental health issues are involved, this should be in conjunction with psychiatric and psychosomatic medications to recover from the problem. It is not a sin to use drugs, to feel suicidal, to not sleep, to not take care of your family, and to behave improperly. These are mental issues that are highly treatable and can be rapidly treated and resolved.
A recent published poll revealed Black Americans in response to emergency situations, call a family member first rather than 911. These kinds of health care decisions and fears of healthcare professionals keep us from being a vibrant and healthy community.