Taking on the “Perfect Storm”: Faith-based Organizations and Partnerships Address Critical Behavioral Health Needs in Communities of Color
July 16, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This July, communities are facing the “perfect storm” of crises that are deepening the disparities in mental health and wellbeing. The current COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, behavioral health crisis, and the civil unrest stemming from recent incidents of police brutality have impacted all of America, but disproportionately affects communities of color.
Community and faith-based organizations play an essential role in helping these communities handle deeply experienced trauma, loss, and grief. Poor access to and mistrust of health care systems leads individuals to reach out to their familiar and trusted faith-based organizations and leaders. In many cultures, spirituality is a key driver of wellbeing and hope. Faith leaders are coming together across communities to organize, support, provide, engage, and instill hope.
Join this NNED virtual roundtable hosted by the NNED National Facilitation Center and SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity in partnership with SAMHSA’s Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office to learn how faith-based NNED partner organizations are supporting the mental health concerns of racial/ethnic minorities and providing opportunities to receive support and connection through faith-based practices and partnerships.
Mental Health America: BIPOC Mental Health
Mental Health America understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism in all that we do. This means that we pledge to work against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and institutional racism in all their forms.
Visit the BIPOC Mental Health Month webpage, which includes Resources and a 2020 Mental Health Month Toolkit.
Visit the BIPOC Mental Health Hub which includes an Infographic, Statistics, General Information and Other Resources for the following communities:
- Black/African American
- Native and Indigenous
- Asian American/Pacific Islander
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Identity and Cultural Dimensions – https://nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions