Responding to COVID-19 | Mental Health Disparities

Responding to COVID-19

Mental Health Disparities


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted already existing inequities and disparities in health and behavioral health issues, and in access to and receipt of effective healthcare for some populations in the US. For example, African-American and Hispanic and Latino communities have experienced much higher rates of COVID-19 and death from the virus, and also have less access to mental health and substance use treatment (SAMHSA, 2020). Mental health-related inequities and disparities are fueled by social determinants of health, such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, citizenship status, socioeconomic status, education, and physical environment, as well as the negative effects of racism and discrimination.

The MHTTC develops events and resources to address disparities in receipt of effective mental health services, on topics such as workforce diversity, cultural and structural competence, and provision of culturally appropriate services, as well as mental health effects of  social determinants of health, racism, and discrimination. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also developing events and resources specific to the differential effects of COVID-19 on mental health care for specific populations.

Here, we highlight MHTTC training and technical assistance products and resources related to disparities, as well as a compilation of resources from other reputable organizations.


MHTTC Upcoming Events:

 

MP Webinar Rural Social Isolation and Loneliness: Rates, Importance, and Identifying Risk

Mountain Plains MHTTC

July 14, 11am PT / 2pm ET

 

 

 

 

 


GL&MP Webinar Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities: Assessment, Ethics, and Preventing Compassion Fatigue

Great Lakes MHTTC and Mountain Plains MHTTC

July 16, 10am PT / 1pm ET

 

 

 

 


NHL Webinar Family Therapy: A Culturally Sensitive Modality When Working With Immigrant Latino Families

National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

July 16, 10-11:30am PT / 1-2:30pm ET

 

 

 

 

 

 


NCO Webinar Taking on the “Perfect Storm”: Faith-based Organizations and Partnerships Address Critical Behavioral Health Needs in Communities of Color

MHTTC Network Coordinating Office and National Network to Eliminate Behavioral Health Disparities

July 16, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

 

 

 

 


MP Webinar The Evolving Nature of Social Connections: Promoting Well-Being in Times of Crisis

Mountain Plains MHTTC

July 22, 7am PT / 10am ET

 

 

 

 

 


PSW Webinar How Implicit Bias Affects Our Work: Organizational Culture and Climate

Pacific Southwest MHTTC

July 22, 3-4:30pm PT / 6-7:30pm ET

 

 

 

 

 


NHL Webinar Acculturation and Migration Trauma Among Latino Children, Youths, and Families From The Northern Triangle

National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

July 24, 10-11:30am PT / 1-2:30pm ET

 

 

 

 

 


NAIAN Webinar Native American Spirituality Discussion session 3

National American Indian and Alaskan Native MHTTC and ATTC

July 24, 11am-1pm PT / 2-4pm ET

 

 

 

 

 

 


MHTTC Products and Resources:

 

Barriers in Mental Health Services for Trans, Queer and Non-binary Latino CommunitiesNational Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

This webinar started defining the basic concepts that comprehend the LGBTQ+ community. These concepts set the tone to understand how minority groups become vulnerable populations in Latinx communities. Our main objective was to promote sensible, empathic, and effective treatment strategies for the provision of mental health services. Also available in Spanish!


Best Practices for Mental Health Interpreters Working with Hispanic and Latinos | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Research has shown that individual outcomes are better, program compliance is higher, and organizations decrease staff time spent and complete fewer assessments when using interpreters in health and behavioral health settings. This net effect is mutually beneficial. There is a cost-saving for organizations and equal opportunity for limited English proficient service seekers.


Building Skills for Cross-Cultural Communication and Resilience During COVID-19 | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

COVID-19 has added to the way many of us see the world through different lenses. Differences in our worldview perspectives can cause disconnection and lead to a lack of resilience. This workshop explored stereotypes, biases, and disparities related to COVID-19. Participants gained skills to recognize and interrupt bias in a compassionate manner using tools for cross-cultural communication.


CBT Telehealth Adaptations for Providers of Mental Health Care for Latino Populations National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

Due to the need for many mental health providers to transition to online service delivery as a result of COVID-19, this webinar provided general guidance on the use of telehealth services. This webinar focused on providing recommendations for adapting common Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tools (e.g., repeated assessment, homework tracking, etc.) for use with clients via telehealth. Special linguistic and cultural considerations for providers of Latino clients were presented throughout the webinar.


Clinical Applications of Cultural Elements: Considering Culture in the Assessment and Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

The goal of this webinar was to increase the awareness and abilities of mental health care providers in their use of cultural elements by promoting the use of culturally appropriate formulations when treating Latinx presenting with psychological and mental health disorders. The information is informed by current research findings on the impact of cultural factors on the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders and on the therapeutic relationship.

Recording coming soon!


Clinical Applications of Cultural Elements: Developing Culturally Centered Interventions | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

The goal of this webinar was to increase the awareness and abilities of mental health care providers in their use of cultural elements by promoting the use of culturally appropriate formulations when treating Latinx presenting with psychological and mental health disorders. The information is informed by current research findings on the impact of cultural factors on the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders and on the therapeutic relationship.  

Recording coming soon!


Clinical Applications of Cultural Elements: Engaging and Treating the Hispanic and Latino Client | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

The goal of this webinar was to increase the awareness and abilities of mental health care providers in their use of cultural elements by promoting the use of culturally appropriate formulations when treating Latinx presenting with psychological and mental health disorders.

Recording coming soon!


Clinical Innovations in Telehealth: Providing Culturally Relevant Telehealth Services to the Latino Population during the COVID Crisis | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Telehealth services have been a way to provide desperately needed services in a safe way, but there are significant challenges to providing services that consider the cultural needs of the individual as well. In this webinar, we discussed the challenges of treating Latino clients during the COVID crisis, and we also discussed how to assess and provide interventions to meet the needs of Latino individuals using telehealth modalities.


Communicating Death and Dying to Latino Families during a Pandemic | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Talking about death and dying is always difficult, but communicating to families during pandemics like COVID-19 poses special challenges. This presentation discussed strategies for respectfully communicating with Latino families about COVID related end of life issues.


Coping with Stress During the Pandemic | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

This one-hour online session provided information on culturally responsive coping strategies to address and reduce stress in Latino clients. The presenter addressed stressors among Latino communities as well as culturally responsive strategies to address symptoms. The presentation further discussed therapeutic interventions for Latino clients with mental health disorders whose symptoms have exacerbated during the pandemic.

Recording coming soon!


COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources: For Diverse Populations and Providers Who Support Them | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC curated a series of topical resource sheets to help you find high-quality tools and information on caring for yourself, your families, and the communities you serve. This resource sheet focuses specifically on supporting racially and ethnically diverse populations; older adults; LGBTQIA+ communities; people living with HIV; people with disabilities; immigrant and undocumented communities; and college students and young adults.


Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness in Telehealth | South Southwest MHTTC

The article discusses issues that may arise when working with different cultural communities through telehealth. There is a heavy emphasis placed on utilizing telehealth for mental health services. All services need to follow the national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards. It also provides strategies and solution ideas that adhere to CLAS standards. Now available in Spanish!


Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Care for Early Psychosis Research Brief | Northwest MHTTC

Efforts to improve the quality and population reach of services for psychosis underscore the need to provide Cultural and Linguistically Responsive (CLR) care. With an emphasis on early psychosis, this presentation reviews clinical and organizational best practices to promote such care. Highlights of research findings that empirically support the need for CLR care are presented and largely focus on Latinx sub-populations.


Depression, Alcohol and Farm Stress: Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Rural America | Mountain Plains MHTTC and Mountain Plains ATTC

With support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Mountain Plains ATTC and the Mountain Plains MHTTC collaborated to release a resource guide to assist rural healthcare providers with screening and assessment of alcohol use disorder and depression. The guide uses a case scenario to illustrate the most common barriers encountered in identifying co-occurring disorders and underscores the unique needs of rural communities that are home to agricultural producers.


Discussion Group for MH Providers of the Hispanic/Latino Community | New England MHTTC, Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, and National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Are you a mental health provider? Does the population you serve include Latinos/Hispanics? Are you willing to share your experience providing services to Latinos/Hispanics? The goal of this facilitated discussion with providers was to learn about the cultural considerations necessary to facilitate behavioral health recovery in Hispanic/Latino Communities.

Recordings for the English and Portuguese sessions are coming soon!


El Impacto del COVID-19 en Latinos: Violencia Intrafamiliar y el Plan de Preparación Familiar | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Este adiestramiento virtual de una hora y media proporcionó información sobre cómo abordar el impacto de los esfuerzos de prevención de COVID-19 en familias latinas. Entre los objetivos de esta presentación se encuentran el reconocer las consecuencias para la salud mental y el aumento de violencia doméstica debido a la cuarentena por COVID-19.

Recording coming soon!


Elevating Language through COVID-19Southeast MHTTC

“Elevating Language through COVID-19” provided a 360-degree view of the language of behavioral health. In the training, we took a peer-centered look at how language is used by others to describe us, how we use language to describe ourselves, and how language can increase or decrease stigma and access to quality mental health recovery and wellness supports.

  • In Part One: The Power of Language, we looked at the behavioral health language that has emerged through the COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss alternatives and opportunities.
  • In Part Two: Creating the Elevating Message, participants developed a two-minute message of behavioral health hope and possibility to use when advocating for behavioral health supports and services.

Engaging with Clients Over the Telephone and Using Texts | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

Amid the current COVID-19 social distancing and stay at home orders, many behavioral health providers have quickly shifted their primary interactions with clients to remote engagement. However, for many people access to a computer or tablet and reliable internet service is not available. This tool provides information about strategies for quality engagement with clients using the phone.


Farm Stress: Facts, Impact of COVID-19, and Resource and Training Needs of Mental Health Care ProvidersMid-America MHTTC, Mountain Plains MHTTC, Mid-America ATTC, and Mountain Plains ATTC

MHTTC team members from two regions contacted key stakeholders in May 2020 to assess the impact of the farm crisis and perceptions regarding next steps. Feedback from these providers and key stakeholders is included in this brief along with updated data related to farm stress and mental health implications. The brief also provides a long list of resources for assisting providers in addressing the mental health of farmers and their families.


Fatiga por Compasión: Prevención y Estrategias para Promotores de la Salud que Ofrecen Servicios a Hispanos y Latinos National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

Este adiestramiento virtual de una hora y media proporcionó información sobre cómo la fatiga por compasión impacta a los profesionales de ayuda y a cuidadores al intervenir con personas que están experimentando mucho dolor. La presentadora proveyó concienciación sobre las personas en riesgo de desarrollar fatiga por compasión y a su vez, se identificaron las señales y/o síntomas.

Recording coming soon!


Gender Diversity in a New Decade: Affirmative Care with Transgender and Non-Binary Persons | South Southwest MHTTC

This webinar aimed to increase participants’ understanding of the diversity of gender expression, gender identity, and biological sex. We strove to expand attendees’ knowledge beyond the gender binary by providing an overview of community experiences, identity markers and meanings, research related to the construct of gender minority stress, and potential differences in journeys for binary transgender and non-binary transgender persons.


Guiding the Shepherd and Shepherding the Flock in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic | Central East MHTTC

This webinar series explored how faith-based community leadership can build mental health capacity in the midst of COVID-19. It addressed the need to assist these leaders in (1) improving their general knowledge base around mental and emotional disorders and (2) removing the stigma regarding mental health issues. By incorporating a cross-collaboration between faith leaders and psychiatric practitioners, the three-part series helped improve the overall well-being of African-American communities during and beyond the current pandemic.


How Implicit Bias Affects Our Work: Relationships with Clients | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Kick off your summer learning season with the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC)’s webinar series on Implicit Bias in Mental Health Services! Everyone has implicit biases. It is important to become mindful of how they can show up and impact our work with others. We explored the dynamics of implicit bias and its impact on decision-making in behavioral health spaces.


Implications for Latinos with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) During a PandemicNational Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

Minority groups are underrepresented in the research on coordinated specialty care (CSC). New Mexico (NM) has the highest percentage of Hispanics and Latinos (48.8%) and the second-highest percent of Native Americans (8.7%) in the U.S. Therefore, NM is in a unique position to better understand the socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of Hispanics and other minorities (H&OM) referred to and enrolled in CSC and to learn about the communities in which they live.

Recording coming soon!


Improving Mental Health Service Access for Farming and Rural Communities | Great Lakes MHTTC and Mountain Plains MHTTC

  • Session 1: Improving Mental Health Care by Understanding the Culture of Farming and Rural Communities - This webinar addressed the mental health crisis and unique stressors caused by COVID-19 within farming and rural/frontier communities. Presenters spoke to the ways health practitioners and community leaders should address stigma, stressors, mental risk factors, and provide treatment resources in these communities.
  • Session 2: Approaching and Treating Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities - This webinar discussed co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in farming and rural communities. Speakers outlined the prevalence of mental health and substance use co-occurring disorders, linking research to real-world impact of these disorders, and also touched on the impact of COVID-19 within these communities.
  • Session 3: Providing Mental Health Telehealth Services in Farming and Rural Communities - This webinar addressed how the COVID-19 pandemic affects access to care, specifically mental health services. Presenters discussed how access to care is critical for farming and rural and frontier communities and highlighted the unique barriers these communities face.

Recordings for session 3 coming soon!


Increased Risks for IPV in Latinas During the COVID-19 Pandemic | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Rates of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) among Latinas are similar to those of other groups. However, Latinas may experience added barriers such as limited access, limited English proficiency, and shortage of culturally responsive services and professionals. While social distancing and quarantine are the most effective and recommended measures to limit COVID-19 contagion, it may create added risks for survivors of IPV.


Liberty, Humiliation, and Identity: Race and the Suffering of America | Great Lakes MHTTC

In the recorded presentation, Liberty, Humiliation, and Identity: Race and the Suffering of America, Albert Thompson covered how to engage in a dialogue about physical and mental health that encompasses societal morbidity. We examined how particular events in our history demonstrate the consequences of racial views and our need to listen and engage.


Mental Health Disparities among Hispanic and Latino Populations | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Disparities in health care and mental health care services in Hispanics and Latinos are found extensively. The National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC developed a booklet that emphasizes the social determinants of health (SDOH), as well as non-medical health-related social needs (HRSN) and their impact on mental health outcomes. It offers recommendations for mental health providers, researchers, and consumers to reduce disparities among Latino communities, including increasing awareness and the importance of being trained in culturally grounded evidence-based interventions.


Mental Health in Our Native American Communities Volume 2 Issue 1 Summer 2020 | National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC

The National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Technology Transfer Center would like to share with you Volume 2, Issue 1 of our newsletter, Mental Health in our Native American Communities for Summer 2020: Caring for Our Relations: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Indian Country. Please take a few moments to explore this issue.


Mental Health Issues Among Older Hispanic and Latino Adults in the United States | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Latino older adults are considered heterogenic and are underrepresented in research, posing challenges for practitioners. Some of the most prevalent mental health disorders among older Latinos include depression, neurocognitive disorders due to Alzheimer´s disease, and other neurocognitive disorders. Now available in Spanish!


Native American Spirituality Discussion Series | National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC and National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC

The National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC and ATTC invited spiritual leaders from American Indian and Alaska Native communities to come together to discuss the importance of spirituality in our culture. Continuing discussions covered broader topics of spirituality in Native American and Alaska Native culture, and were open for all participants to join the discussion.

Recordings coming soon!


Native Youth Telehealth Initiative | National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC

This is a recording of the Native Youth Telehealth Initiative Webinar, which took place on May 14, 2020. The recording begins at slide 12 of the presentation. Dr. George Baston, MHRD, Ed.D CTE, and Natasha Peterson, BS, covered how to implement telehealth using the “Let’s Talk Interactive” platform and opportunities to collaborate with the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC.


Pandemia: Restoring the Wounded Soul. Latino Reflections on the Meaning of Loss, Grief, and Rituals National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

The presenters discussed Latinos' values and rituals as they relate to the current pandemic. The importance of the therapeutic relationship were discussed as well as approaches and strategies that promote new rituals, new meanings, and transformative experience. Two case studies were included for group discussion.

Recording coming soon!


Peer Services Consultation Office Hours: Cultural competence, cultural awareness, and cultural integritySoutheast MHTTC

Expert consultants devoted the first segment of this hour-long session to cultural competence, cultural awareness, and cultural integrity and then addressed questions submitted by registrants prior to the webinar.

Recording coming soon!


Providing Culturally Relevant Crisis Services During COVID-19 | Great Lakes MHTTC

  • Part 1: The Morbidity of National Trust and Mental Health Disparities - Past, Present, and Future: In this presentation, Thompson expanded our focus from the world's present circumstances so we can better understand how society has responded to past health crises and the disproportionately devastating impact these events had, and continue to have, on marginalized populations as a result of prejudicial treatment and economic disadvantage. 
  • Part 2: Culturally Responsive Factors in COVID-19: Providing mental health services in the present and future conditions will require a new consideration for cultural elements and linguistic tools via a re-imagined perspective on policy and technology when serving culturally diverse communities. Dr. Michelle Evans guided us through the use of these tools, the challenges, and the opportunities we now have amid a crisis.
  • Part 3: Culturally Responsive Factors to Consider for the Hmong Population: Providing mental health services in the present and future conditions will require a new consideration for cultural elements and linguistic tools when serving culturally diverse communities. Dr. Pang Foua Yang Rhodes discussed how cultural values, historical trauma, and acculturation may influence how Hmong individuals and communities respond to large scale crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 

PTSD and Trauma in Hispanic and Latino Military Families National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

This one-hour online session discussed the intersection between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and intimate partner violence (IPV) in Latino military families. In this presentation, we discussed information processing models explaining the link between PTSD and IPV and potential moderators of this association, as well as strategies to prevent and treat IPV in this population.


Racial Equity Resources | Mid-America MHTTC, Mid-America ATTC, and Mid-America PTTC

Racism and discrimination are associated with dire behavioral and physical health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders. We know that disparities, inequitable access to services and resources perpetuate these issues. As a start to our efforts to promote behavioral health equity for all, we have compiled some resources that may support you in your work.


Reaching Rural and Frontier Communities During COVID-19 | Mountain Plains MHTTC

This session addressed different strategies and ideas to reach rural and frontier communities. The panelists represented tribal and rural health providers and team members from our Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network.

Recording coming soon!


Recovery in the Hispanic and Latinx Community | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

Recovery can be supported by practices and services that encourage participant engagement, community inclusion, valued social roles, and overall wellness. This webinar introduced recovery from SMI and many of the evidence-based and promising practices that support recovery in the Hispanic and Latinx community.


Resource Guide for Mental Health Providers During COVID-19 | National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC

This is a list of resources that have been compiled (and continues to be updated weekly) during the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC's ongoing series: Strategies of Support for Mental Health Providers - Empowering one another during times of crisis. This guide is tailored for providers who are Native and/or are working with American Indian and Alaska Native individuals.


Rural Primary Care Tools and Resources for Managing Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19 | Mountain Plains MHTTC

COVID-19 has created additional stress on our rural and agricultural communities who were experiencing a host of stressors prior to the pandemic. Concerns about a possible increase in deaths by suicide and serving people with suicidal ideation are the source of increased distress among rural health and mental healthcare providers. This webinar offered tools for primary care providers working in rural areas to address these concerns.


Shining a Light on API Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19 | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Join the Pacific Southwest MHTTC for a webinar on systems and agency leadership approaches that embrace trauma-informed care. This session helped leaders to understand the fundamentals of leading their organization towards becoming more trauma-informed and resilience-oriented. The content blended brain science, principles for building a safe environment, and promising practices for trauma-informed systems.

Recording coming soon!


Hosted by the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC, this webinar recording identified stressors particular to the Hispanic and Latino population that can be exacerbated during quarantine as a result of infectious disease outbreaks. Also, the webinar addressed stress management tools during a stressful event such as a pandemic for mental health providers to use with their Hispanic and Latino clients. Special considerations for Latino youth mental health were also provided. Now available in Spanish!


Tailoring Treatment for Gender and Sexually Diverse Latinx Youth with Suicidal Behaviors | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

This one-hour online session focused on the identification and description of common barriers to treatment when working with traumatized Hispanics and Latinos. The presenter provided practical treatment strategies for overcoming these barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic, strategies for effective and efficient trauma processing, and a concrete model for rapid crisis de-escalation based on a case study of a Hispanic client.


Therapeutic Interventions for Hispanic and Latino Populations with Trauma Experiences: Considerations During the Pandemic | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

This one-hour online session focused on the identification and description of common barriers to treatment when working with traumatized Hispanics and Latinos. The presenter provided practical treatment strategies for overcoming these barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic, strategies for effective and efficient trauma processing, and a concrete model for rapid crisis de-escalation based on a case study of a Hispanic client.


Think Trauma and Latinos During the Nation's Pandemic EmergencyNational Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

This one-hour online session focused on the importance of co-developing the Training of Trainers (TOT) curriculum with the direct participation of community members. We reviewed the implementation of the TOT and the preliminary results, as well as for the creative ways of disseminating the TOT under the nation's COVID-19 crisis. Participants were taught about the importance of partnering with grassroots organizations to develop psychoeducational curricula and become familiar with the impact of the intersection of domestic violence, trauma, and mental health in Latinx children and families.


Understanding Opioid Use in the LGBTQ+ Community | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

It is important for behavioral healthcare workers to understand how to best support people with opioid use disorder that identify within the sexual and gender diverse community, as they are disproportionately affected by substance use disorders. This presentation highlighted the impact of opioid use disorder on sexual and gender diverse populations, best practices, trauma-informed care, and behavioral health integration.


Understanding Suicide: Adolescents and the Changing Brain | National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC

Over the course of these three sessions addressing suicide in Indian Country, we gave providers the tools and understanding of this issue that will help prepare them for addressing this with clients, as well as maintaining personal wellbeing.

Session 3 recording coming soon!


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    Double Jeopardy: COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S.

    This SAMHSA brief looks at recent reports that indicate the current pandemic disproportionately impacts communities of color, compounding longstanding racial disparities.

     

    The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population: An Urgent Issue

    This newly released SAMHSA report presents data on the prevalence of opioid misuse and death rates in the Black/African American population; contextual factors and challenges to prevention and treatment; and innovative community-based strategies to connect people to evidence-based treatment and support.

     

    Trauma, Racism, Chronic Stress and the Health of Black Americans

    There is significant research on the connection between racism, racial violence and health and behavioral health. Racism and associated trauma and violence contribute to mental health disorders, particularly depression, anxiety and PTSD, and chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, maternal mortality/infant mortality and morbidity in African Americans.


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    The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) is a network of community-based organizations focused on the mental health and substance use issues of diverse racial and ethnic communities. The NNED supports information sharing, networking, and engagement among organizations and communities dedicated to the behavioral health and well-being of diverse communities.  The NNED identifies and links “pockets of excellence” in reducing disparities and promoting behavioral health equity.  It strives to avoid the tendency to “reinvent the wheel.”  The NNED works with network members to:

    • Coordinate the sharing of community-based knowledge and training of cultural, indigenous, and community-based best practices
    • Foster new collaborative partnerships to grow and spread “pockets of excellence”
    • Leverage resources through partnering and collaborative initiatives
    • Research and design new practices and adapt existing practices
    • Collectively advance political will

     

    Historically, there have been issues that have made it difficult for diverse communities to work collectively to reduce the inequities of resources in their respective communities. The NNED tries to bridge these differences through a set of guiding values that include a commitment to:

    • excellence in behavioral health
    • a strong community voice
    • collective dialogue
    • inclusion, respect and consensus
    • trust and reciprocity
    • a strengths-based approach to policy, practice and research
    • a holistic view of health and wellness across the lifespan
    • understanding system intersections
    • understanding of good business principles
    • flexibility

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    Articles

    American Psychological Association: COVID-19 Heightens the Need to End Health Disparities

    Bryant‐Davis, T., Adams, T., Alejandre, A. and Gray, A.A. (2017), The Trauma Lens of Police Violence against Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Journal of Social Issues, 73: 852-871. doi:10.1111/josi.12251

    Informed Immigrant: A guide to Providing Mental Health Services to Immigrants Impacted by Changes to DACA ad the COVID-19 Pandemic

    National Center for PTSD: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: For Mental Health Providers: Working with Patients Affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

     

    Information Guides

    Center for American Indian Health: Elder Mental Health

    NAMI: NAMI - COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

    UNICEF: Social Stigma associated with COVID-19

    WHO: Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During the COVID-19 Outbreak

     

    Toolkits and Websites

    AMA: COVID-19 Health Equity Resources

    ATTC Workgroup: Building Health Equity & Inclusion

    National American Indian and Alaskan Native PTTC: Resource Guide for Prevention Providers During COVID-19

    Psych Hub: Covid-19 Mental Health Resource Hub

    PTTC Workgroup: Addressing Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Practices

    The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP): COVID-19 Toolkit for Direct Support Professionals (DSP)

     

    Webinars and Trainings

    Alliance for Health Policy: COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 11 - Rural Health System Response Webinar

    American Psychological Association Webinar - July 8, 10-11am PT / 1-2pm ET: African American Older Adults and COVID-19: Addressing Mental Health Needs, Supporting Strength

    American Psychological Association Webinar - July 17, 11am-12pm PT / 2-3pm ET:  Invisible No More: Psychology, American Indians/Alaska Natives and COVID-19

    American Psychological Association Webinar: How to Address COVID-19 Across Inpatient, Residental, and other Non-ambulatory Care Settings

    Faces & Voices of Recovery Webinar - July 14, 3:30pm PT / 6:30pm ET: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Public Forum

    Mental Health America Webinar - July 8, 11:15am PT / 2:15pm ET: How COVID-19 Has Exacerbated Healthcare Disparities Among BIPOC

    Mental Health America Webinar: Older Adults & Isolation during COVID 19

    Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center Webinar - July 23, 11am-12pm PT / 2-3pm ET: Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired: People of Color, Disabilities, & Mental Health

    National Council for Behavioral Health: Health Equity and COVID-19; Addressing the Disproportionate Impact

    Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub): Rural Response to CoronaVirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Webinars

    The Jed Foundation Webinar - July 23, 11am PT / 2pm ET: Supporting the Mental Health of BIPOC Students

    The Jed Foundation Webinar - July 28, 12-1:15pm PT / 3-4:15pm ET: Amplifying Voices of Future Leaders: Supporting the Mental Health of Students Speaking Up Against Racial Injustice

    The Steve Fund: Community Conversations Webinar


    SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline is standing by 24/7 to support you during the pandemic & beyond. Toll-free, multilingual, & confidential support services are available to all residents in the U.S. & its territories. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.