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Black Mental Health Matters pt. 3

Black Mental Health Matters pt. 3

  Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity. Anyone can develop a mental health problem, which is exactly why it is important that quality mental health care be made available and accessible on a much larger scale. In fact, a shortage of mental health care providers has been documented nationwide in the US – data was released in March 2020 by the Health Resources & Services Administration indicating that only about 27% of geographic areas have enough mental health practitioners, leaving 73% under-represented in terms of mental health care coverage. These numbers are incredibly distressing,...

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July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

    Did you know? On May 21, 2008, the US House of Representatives passed (with concurrence of the Senate) the resolution that the month of July would henceforth be recognized as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. You can read the actual text of the resolution itself here, but we do want to highlight a handful of the statistics that are specifically mentioned therein... Nearly 2/3 (or 67%) of all people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek medical treatment. African Americans experience a much greater unmet need for mental health services and receive a...

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Black Mental Health Matters, Volume 2

Black Mental Health Matters, Volume 2

  In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer, our country has been thrown into a chaotic, yet necessary revolution, the end game of which could redefine our values as seen on the world’s stage in a very positive way.However, we have a long way to go, and it won’t be an easy road to travel. In fact, it could prove to be quite hard at times, but hard fought is hard won, and by the very nature of a long journey, there will be several small victories along the way....

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Black Mental Health Matters, Volume 1

Black Mental Health Matters, Volume 1

  The mental health of black people in America is challenged every day. Viral videos of black men being killed, stories about black people being harassed and having the police called on them while they're just going about their lives, suspicious looks when a black person drives through "the wrong neighborhood," and so many more systemic problems do constant harm to the mental well-being of all African Americans. Preston Mitchum, a civil rights advocate and professor at Georgetown Law Center, highlights the physical symptoms that can accompany the mental anguish of watching another black man killed on camera. Stomach pain, racing...

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