A REBEL MINDED SOCIETY & HIPHOP IS GREEN PRESENT
A Rebel Minded Society & HipHop is Green present “State of Health: Our Mind Matter” a Live Roundtable on how we can change the narrative about mental illness to mental wellness. In addition, we will share some mental health resources and tools from people of color who are working hard to heal our communities.
Mental health is a critical part of our overall wellness and as racism and police brutality continues to have adverse consequences on our health and survival. We need to find ways to help those in need to get the proper help to cope and overcome. However before we can do so, we need to address the stigma and challenges of mental health in communities of color as well as the attitudes and norms regarding this.
For many people of color, their story is one of perseverance and resilience. It has to be in order to survive today. As a result, we often push through our “depression” and “anxiety” or are consumed by it instead of receiving the help we need from a physician or therapist.
Part of it is due to the lack of knowledge which leads many to believe that a mental health condition is a personal weakness or something to snap out of. Mental health is, after all, more than depression, anxiety, or a bipolar disorder diagnosis. It is your overall emotional and mental wellbeing, including both positive and negative elements.
The other part is the lack of access to affordable, appropriate, and culturally responsive mental health care professionals. Culture, a person's belief, norms, values, and language, plays a vital role in every aspect of our lives, including mental health. And currently, their a disconnects between the communities of color and the mental health care system due to the lack of cultural understanding. In order to fix that we NEED to have mental health professionals who have the ability to recognize and understand the role culture (yours and the physician’s/therapist’s) plays in treatment and to adapt to this reality to meet your needs. People of color need to be connected with a physician or therapist who looks like them, or at least someone who can understand what they are going through.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, adult people of color are 20 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress than adult whites. Despite the fact that people of color are less likely than Whites to seek out treatment and more likely to end treatment prematurely.
So as we continue to fight for our survival, It is important to know that efforts towards social justice among communities of color will remain incomplete until mental health disparities among this group are addressed and that seeking mental health treatment is a part of overall health. The Black community has a long history of social change and prioritizing mental health is not a sign of weakness, but an act of strength. So join us for the conversation moderated by Doc Beasley on June 29 at 7 PM EDT.
JUNE 29, 2020
Live Via Zoom