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. 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.
Resources for Mental Health
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
Black Mental Health Matters
- The stigma around mental health is a barrier to access. Dr. Christine Carter discusses the roots of that stigma and its ties to slavery and racism.
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.