One of Rebâti Santé Mentale's mental health Facebook videos.

NEW YORK – For years, stigma about mental health persisted among Haitians, reflecting the trend within the broader Black community. Then, came the pandemic.

“In the past year-and-a-half, I’ve seen that more people actually want to talk about mental health,” said Dr. MarieGuerda Nicolas, a professor at the University of Miami. “We’re addressing dealing with isolation, managing anxiety and depression and dealing with grief when you are losing family members.”

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.