Discussion Questions for A Bridge Over Troubled Waters Show
- Pastor Jones gave an historical view of African American spirituality, tracing it from its African roots, through slave owning times, and up to the present time. And he talked about how it affects the mental health of today’s African Americans. How did this story impress you? Do you agree with his premise? Why or why not?
- Do you think of the situation of African Americans in a different way than you did before watching the show? How so or why not?
- Do you think that African Americans have different mental health care needs than other segments of society? If so, what are they?
- What do you think about the effect having a mentor is in the life of a young African American man? Is this different for young women? Why or why not?
- In what ways do you think racism plays a role in the mental health of African Americans? What do you see as its worst effects?
- Can you suggest some specific actions that could be undertaken locally to help the situation?
- Gigi Crowder told us about the African American Utilization study that she had led that concluded that African Americans are not being appropriately served by the local mental health care system. They are over-represented in the county’s mental hospitals, but not appropriately served. Why do you think this is the case?
- It has been suggested that the faith community can have an important role in addressing this problem. What are some of the reasons why? Why could there be some of the problems with this approach?
For resources see: Resources Mentioned in the Show
These questions are to provide family and peer discussion and education. The information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or psychological condition. If you think someone is too fragile to be part of the discussion, please have them consult their mental health care provider for individual advice regarding the situation.