Mental Health Equity

Disparities persist in mental health diagnosis, treatment, and access to culturally sensitive care. These factors, combined with social determinants of health, contribute to systemic healthcare inequities.

Community Health Equity Alliance

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is part of NAMI National’s Community Health Equity Alliance (CHEA), a program to improve access to care for Black adults with serious mental Illness. CHEA brings together strategic organizations and thought leaders in mental health advocacy, faith, civic and health care professional services. Goals include improving care navigation, elevating crisis mitigation, expanding 988 utilization, and increasing education.

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Allegheny County African American Resource Guide

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania has put together a guide for the African American community that includes resources in Allegheny County. The guide includes facts and statistics on mental health, information on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, and a listing of therapists, psychologists, youth and family resources, and support services.

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Sharing Hope Presentations

NAMI Sharing Hope is a presentation for Black communities designed to promote mental health awareness, explore signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, and highlight how and where to find help. During this three-part community discussion, attendees and panelists watch videos and engage in conversation about the youth, family, and community issues that were raised and how we can achieve mental wellness in Black communities. 


Black Mental Health Summit  

For Black Americans, historical trauma, discrimination, community violence, and economic insecurity all impact mental health. The annual summit addresses the unique challenges that members of Pittsburgh’s Black community are facing, how stigma can be a barrier to seeking treatment, and the obstacles experienced when getting help.


Collaborations to Advance Equity

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania participates in a number of coalitions, committees, and workgroups to address mental health equity in Allegheny County and statewide.

  • Pennsylvania Black Youth Suicide PA Team
  • HEAL PA/Racial and Communal Trauma Action Team
  • Voices of Peer Professionals (VP2) - Allegheny County
  • Let's Act Peer Committee - Allegheny County
  • Allegheny County Coalition for Recovery (ACCR)
  • Community Health Equity Alliance (CHEA) - National
  • PA Youth Advocacy Network
  • Suicide Prevention Alliance PA
  • 4-H Safety Day Planning Team
  • PHHS SAFE Spaces
  • Leading The Way Teen Summit Expert Team