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The History of African Americans and the Therapeutic Community

Mental health has long been a taboo subject in the African American community. The stigma surrounding mental health care has prevented many from seeking help, leading to a lack of access to care and inadequate delivery of care in the health system. This has resulted in a mistrustful and less affluent community experience, characterized by a myriad of disparities.


Historical Dehumanization and Oppression:


Historical dehumanization, oppression, and violence against Black and African American people has evolved into present-day racism - structural, institutional, and individual. This has cultivated a uniquely mistrustful and less affluent community experience, characterized by a myriad of disparities including inadequate access to and delivery of care in the health system.


The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population:


The opioid crisis has hit the Black/African American population particularly hard. This issue brief provides an overview of the contextual factors surrounding the opioid crisis and the Black/African American population.


Mental Health Resources for Black and African American Communities:


There are many mental health resources available for Black and African American communities. The Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) organization is a training, movement building, and grant-making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black communities. BEAM envisions a world where there are no barriers to Black Healing. There are also toolkits and education resources available, including graphics on accountability, self-control, and emotional awareness, journal prompts, and articles on Black mental health. Additionally, there are videos available, including trainings and webinars, recorded and available for free.


Black Pioneers in the Mental Health Field:


There have been many Black pioneers in the mental health field who have made significant contributions to the field. Healthy Minds Therapy has highlighted 10 Black pioneers in the mental health field for Black History Month.


Conclusion:


The history of African Americans and the therapeutic community is complex and multifaceted. The stigma surrounding mental health care has prevented many from seeking help, leading to a lack of access to care and inadequate delivery of care in the health system. However, there are many mental health resources available for Black and African American communities, and there have been many Black pioneers in the mental health field who have made significant contributions to the field. It is important to continue to work diligently to destigmatize mental health care in Black communities and remove the barriers so many continue to face.


Sources

[1] Shedding Light on Black History & Mental Health https://www.talkspace.com/blog/black-history-month-mental-health-relationship/



[3] Black and African American Communities and Mental Health https://www.mhanational.org/issues/black-and-african-american-communities-and-mental-health


[4] Insight into the Status of Black & African-American Mental ... https://blog.zencare.co/black-african-american-mental-health-opinion/


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