Each Mind Matters Celebrates Juneteenth

In honor of Juneteenth, Each Mind Matters is celebrating the strides being made in mental health within African-American communities. Culture plays a key role in how individuals perceive and experience mental health challenges, and certain communities experience heightened stigma surrounding mental health. Often times, African-American individuals living with a mental health challenge fear stigma from family and friends, so instead of speaking up about difficulties they may be facing, they stay quite. Each Mind Matters is working to end the stigma to ensure everyone gets the assistance they need when faced with a challenge. Read below to learn about various programs statewide working to end stigma in African American communities:


Mental Health Friendly Communities

juneteenthMental Health Friendly Communities – a program introduced in four regions across California – addresses mental health challenges in the African-American community by providing culturally focused trainings and resources that directly speak to the mental health issues facing the African-American community. The program’s goal is to engage communities by helping them get on a path that will lead toward mental wellness. Building Mental Health Friendly Communities is a brochure developed to provide details on the program.


Community Baptist Church (CBC)

Community Baptist Church is located in Sonoma County and was the denomination’s first African-American church. Currently, CBC has an ethnically and culturally diverse congregation. CBC provides programming and services to children, youth, and their families including special services to seniors that are supported by volunteers and donations. There are four programs run by CBC that are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The target populations for these programs are members of CBC with specific focus on mental health in the African American community.


Successfully Motivating African-Americans through Resiliency Training (SMAART)

The SMAART Program is an exciting partnership between Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy (YVYLA) and Black Voice Foundation (BVF), funded by the Mental Health Services Act, Proposition 63. SMAART is aimed at Motivating African-American children and their families within San Bernardino County through Resiliency Training (primarily students within San Bernardino Unified School District). The objectives are to educate, empower and engage students through mentorship from professionals, workshops addressing the importance of mental health, nutrition, character and career development.


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