Mental Health and Equity

Talking about race and racism in the classroom and at home is important and can be challenging. The following resources provide a place to help start the conversation by offering a variety of toolkits, webinars, data and articles.

A Conversation on Racial Inequalities and the Youth Perspective

The School-Based Health Alliance and The Weitzman Institute hosted a live webinar on June 11th 2020 to share youth perspectives of racial injustice and health inequities. Presenters included members from various youth advisory boards as well as university and local government representatives.

Achieving Racial Equity: Child Welfare Policy Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Children of Color
This report from The Center for the Study of Social Policy provides strategies to address disparities for each state, including efforts to support family well-being by leveraging state and federal funds. It considers how to collaborate with foundations and provides an assessment tool to survey your organization for the impact of race equity. 

American Indian and Alaska Native Culture Card

SAMHSA created this guide to enhance cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It covers regional differences, cultural customs, spirituality, communication styles, the role of veterans and older adults, and health disparities.

BEAM Black Emotional and Mental Health Collaborative
BEAM is a training, movement building, and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities. Resources on the website include toolkits, articles, videos, and training to promote black mental health and mental health literacy.

Ensuring the Seventh Generation: A Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Tribal Child Welfare Programs

This toolkit is designed to help tribal child welfare workers and care providers play an effective role in the prevention of suicide among the children and youth they serve.

National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)
NNED is a network of community-based organizations focused on mental health issues of diverse racial and ethnic communities. The NNED supports information sharing, training, and technical assistance toward the goal of promoting behavioral health equity. The website provides funding and training opportunities, discussion forums, and opportunities for connection.

Native Children’s Policy Agenda: Putting First Kids 1st (2017)

The National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Child Welfare Association, National Indian Education Association, and National Indian Health Board jointly produced this product that provides specific recommendations to improve the social, emotional, mental, physical, and economic health of children and youth. It emphasizes the need for culturally relevant school-based counseling programs that include crisis response and referral to treatment processes. 

Racial Equity Resources
The Mid-America Technology Transfer Centers (TTCs) complied resources produce by other TTCs including webinars, live events, videos, documents, and articles divided into topics such as behavioral health, substance use and prevention, working with children and adolescents, and discrimination, race and privilege.

Anti-Racism Resources
The American School Counselors Association complied a robust list of resources to help prepare school counselors to talk to students about race issues. Additionally, the following resources are helpful to creating equitable, ethical, and inclusive school environments. This list is updated regularly.

Say Their Names
Chicago Public Schools created this toolkit to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience.

Social and Emotional Learning as a Lever for Equity
The Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning  produced a five-part webinar series on Social and Emotional Learning as a Lever for Equity. The webpage also shares many articles and initiatives for creating equitable learning environments, deepening understanding and partnerships, and lifting up expert voices.

Systemic Racism, Disparities & COVID-19: Impacts on Latino Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the cumulative effects of systemic racism and other risk factors on the health of Latinos in the United States. This infographic created by The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) identifies risk factors - including disproportionate employment as essential workers, lower rates of health insurance coverage, and language and cultural barriers - and provides actionable solutions to improve the health of Latino Americans.

Urban Indian Health Institute COVID-19 Resources

As a public health authority, the Urban Indian Health Institute has been responding to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. They have created resources for tribes, urban Indian-serving organizations, healthcare providers, and community members to ensure that accurate information is shared to promote health and safety.

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