Health & Wellness
The Congressional Black Caucus in partnership with the Greater Washington Urban League and WURD Black Talk Media, will host an interactive 2-hour evidence-based discussion on mental health issues in the African American community. Historically, communities of color experience unique and considerable challenges in accessing mental health services. The challenges facing our communities are rooted in historical adversity, which includes slavery, race-based exclusion from health, educational, social and economic resources. People who are impoverished, homeless, incarcerated or have substance abuse problems are at higher risk for poor mental health.
This session will address the state of mental health in the African American community and propose strategies for how this historically traumatized population tackles said challenges. Through an interactive format, the goal is to have experts and audience members:
• The centuries-old effects of collective community trauma;
• Rising suicide rates in the African American community, particularly among Black youth;
• Effective community-wide approaches to tackle stigma and judgment that prevents African Americans from seeking treatment for their mental illnesses; and
• Access to care/resources that African Americans can access for better mental health.
At the collusion of this session, both participants and audience members should find themselves armed with both knowledge and specific next-step action items to address mental health challenges in the African American community.
A national social media audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion at #CBCFHealth on Twitter. The hashtags will be activated in the weeks leading up to the event.