Black History Month: Honoring the Past, Strengthening the Future

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions African American leaders have made to our society for hundreds of years. It is also a prime opportunity to reflect and ensure that the next wave of dreamers, trailblazers, and game-changers have the supportive environments they need to reach their full potential.

According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Additionally, African Americans are also more likely to experience certain factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition, including homelessness and exposure to violence. The good news is that if we make mental health a priority in our communities, we can make a difference.

Throughout the month of February, we will be sharing resources and information on mental health specific to the African American community, beginning with this collection of resources developed through CalMHSA projects specifically for the African American community. To view the online resource kit, click here.