CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A group in Charlottesville is saying it's time to talk about mental health in Black communities.

The Charlottesville Alliance for Black Male Achievement is a coalition of people in the area that is trying to tackle systemic barriers.

Its goal is to give all Black boys an equal opportunity for success by helping them navigate obstacles that come in their way.

And some obstacles are in the form of self-doubt.

Charlottesville Youth Opportunity Coordinator Daniel Fairley says there's a stigma about mental health among the Black community.

"Not many men are talking about Black mental health that I can see in our city," Fairley said.

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities says African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to have serious psychological distress compared to white people, whether it be from financial difficulties, health, or experiencing racism.

It also says suicide is the third leading cause of death for African-Americans between the ages of 15 and 24.

To address the disparity, Fairley started a video series called, "How U?"

"For me, 'How U' gets at the root of it all," he said. "It's like, what's going on in your life, and how can I help you get through whatever you're dealing with?"

The series comes in five parts, and includes interviews with Black men who talk openly about their struggles.

"I have my own therapist that I see. I think mental health is primary care," said Dr. Cameron Webb during an episode of the series.

The series suggests that even the most distinguished individuals need to see a therapist, like Webb who is a University of Virginia physician and White House Health Adviser. He also ran for Congress last year.

"And to hear that [Webb] still sees a therapist, and to hear that he still is working through mental health, knowing that it's a part of our story," Fairley said.

The series began at the end of last year. There will be two more episodes that will be unveiled over the next few months.

You can see the videos here.