Equity Challenge Week 6 Mental Health Matters

“We are not given the opportunity to be completely
self-loving as we were born to be.”


Black people are far less likely to seek mental health care then other parts of the population. Statistics tell us that only about 25% of African Americans seek mental health treatment, compared to 40% of white Americans. Thinking intersectionally barriers to mental health equity may feel like they are stacking on top of each other. People have a wide variety of lived experience that influence their personal mental health. That being said, systemic inequalities and discrimination acts as a multiplier making it more difficult to find care and treatment.

As more light is shined on inequity and the social detriments of health, there is an increase in the ability of people to find care and treatement.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

Resources for Mental Health

Call 0r Text 988 anytime for crisis care.

NAMI Lists of BIPOC and AAPI Mental Health Resources



Racial Battle Fatigue

  • Coping with racism is a mental and medical health crisis. Read this article to understand about the cumulative effects of racism.

Black Women Have Bad Days Too

  • Megan The Stallion explains why mental health matters, and her efforts to connect BIPOC people to resources with the launch a new album and website. Megan’s website also hosts numerous resources for Black mental health resources as well as those for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Alarming Negative Impacts of Anti-LGBTQ Policies on LGBTQ Youth


Black Folk Mental Health: Generational Trauma, Traditions & Truth

  • Jelan Agnew, A Black therepist with a Black therepist, seeks to destigmatize Black mental health. Watch this TEDTalk on healing the Black trauma experience.

Why we Need to Decolonize Psychology

  • Watch this TED Talk from Dr. Thema Bryant on what affects mental health beyond our thoughts, emotions and biology.