2022 Black Mental Health Summit

///2022 Black Mental Health Summit
2022 Black Mental Health Summit 2022-05-10T15:50:22+00:00

Black Mental Health Summit

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused increases in stress, anxiety, and fear for people across the country. For Black Americans, historical trauma, discrimination, community violence, and economic insecurity also impact mental health. And concerns had been building before the pandemic.

In 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Black Americans, ages 15 to 24. Black females, grades 9-12, were 60 percent more likely to attempt suicide compared to non-Hispanic white females of the same age.

According to NAMI’s webpage on Black American mental health, the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health reports that Black adults in the U.S. are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress, such as sadness, hopelessness and feeling like everything is an effort.

On Friday, July 15, 2022, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is convening a Black Mental Health Summit at the Kingsley Association to address the unique challenges that members of Pittsburgh’s Black community are facing, including how stigma can be a barrier to seeking treatment, and the obstacles experienced when getting help.

Stakeholders will discuss what mental health means to each of them, the challenges and factors that must be considered, and what we can do collectively to support our communities.

Coming Soon

  • Registration Information
  • Program Agenda

Resources

Allegheny County African American Resource Guide
Pulse Report for Children and Families
Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America
Mental Health Disparities: African Americans | American Psychiatric Association

NAMI Fact Sheets

You Are Not Alone
Mental Health Care Matters
Common Warning Signs of Mental Illness
It’s Okay to Talk About Suicide
Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
Finding a Culturally Competent Provider
Fact sheets from the AKA-NAMI partnership (focus on African Americans)

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