Black History Month
February 2024 marks the observance of Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements, contributions, and history (past and present) of Black Americans.
Although Black Americans have similar rates of mental illness compared to the population at large, they are less likely to receive guideline-consistent care, be included in research, and utilize mental health services.1 This lack of access to effective care is driven by a number of factors, including poverty, mass incarceration, provider bias, discrimination, lack of culturally-responsive and diverse providers, and stigma.1,2 Our Network remains committed to addressing these needs and improving mental health services for Black communities.
Across our Network, Centers are celebrating this month by hosting several events and sharing resources for mental health professionals, the community, and allies.
Upcoming Events from MHTTC Network
Resources from the MHTTC Network
- ADHD in the Black Community: Unmet Needs from Childhood through Adulthood
- Barriers and Risk Factors for Black LGBTQ+ Youth: Suggestions for Improving their Lived Experiences
- Black Youth Suicide: Exploring a Public Health Crisis and the Role of Racial Trauma
- Confronting Implicit Bias in Society and Ourselves: A Four-Part Series
- Diabetes and Depression Comorbidity in the Black Community
- Expanding and Strengthening the Mental Health and Early Psychosis Career Pipeline for Black and Latinx Youth
- Managing Emotions During the Holidays in the Black Community
- Management of Psychotic Disorders in the Black Community
- Mental Health & Obesity in the Black Community
- Pioneers of Black Mental Health
- Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Psychosis Diagnoses & Risk
- Racial Equity and Cultural Diversity Webpage
- Racial Equity Resource Packet
- Reimagining Wellness: Preventing Suicide Among Black Boys
- Rites and Rituals: Bringing a Cultural Lens to Positive Youth Development for Black Girls
- Saving Young Black Lives: Reversing Suicide Trends
- Session 1 of Creating Safe Spaces for Peer Support Providers and Incorporating Anti-racist Practices in Peer Support Delivery
- Shame and Stigma: Re-imagining Masculinity and Strength for Black Boys
- So You Want To Be An Ally
- Social Influencers of Health and Suicide in Black Youth
- The Climate of Educator Bias-based Beliefs Effect on MTSS Implementation with Dr. Eddie Fergus
- The Connection Between Migraines and Mental Health in the Black Community
- The Impact of Bullying on Mental Health in the Black Community
- Uncovering Untapped Leadership - Exercising Contextual Agility to Lead Effectively; A Wellness Workshop for BIPOC-Identifying School Mental Health Professionals and Their Allies
- Understanding and Addressing Race-Related Stress and Trauma for Black Americans
African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
Located in Morehouse School of Medicine, the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence develops and disseminates training, technical assistance (TA), and resources to help healthcare practitioners eliminate behavioral health disparities within African American populations. Their goals are to:
- Increase the capacity of behavioral health systems to provide outreach and to engage, retain, and effectively care for African Americans.
- Improve dissemination of up-to-date information and culturally appropriate evidence-based practices and approaches for African Americans.
- Increase workforce development opportunities focused on vital issues such as social determinants of health, implicit bias, structural racism, and other factors that impede high-quality care for African Americans.
- Collaborate extensively with all of the SAMHSA-funded training and technical assistance providers, to infuse these networks with culturally appropriate information that will improve services for African Americans.
Other Resources and Information
- 16 Queer Black Pioneers Who Made History - NBC
- APA's Apology to Black, Indigenous and People of Color for Its Support of Structural Racism in Psychiatry - APA
- Association of Black Psychologists - ABPsi
- Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective - BEAM
- Black and African American Communities and Mental Health - MHA
- Black and LGBTQ: Approaching Intersectional Conversations - The Trevor Project
- Black Mental Health Alliance - BMHA
- Black Pioneers In Mental Health - MHA
- Black/African American Mental Health - SAMHSA's Office of Behavioral Health Equity
- Finding a Culturally Competent Provider - NAMI
- National Association of Black Counselors - NABC
- National Association of Black Social Workers - NABSW
- Sharing Hope: An African American Guide to Mental Health - NAMI