MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE
The Black Men’s Mental Health Conference was created to bring awareness to the current state of mental health within the African-American community with a specifically targeted focus on black men. Statistical and clinical diagnoses indicate that the black man’s mental health is more complex and delicate than other nationalities. Due to structural racism and Black men’s unique history in this country, their mental health and treatment are intimately tied to factors such as implicit bias on the part of medical providers, high poverty rates, and low access to quality psychological and psychiatric services. Compared to other races, black people are less likely to receive guidelines and consistent care or even be included in mental health research.
“Did you know 46% of Whites with any mental illness (AMI) received mental health services in 2015, compared to 30% of Blacks and 27% of Hispanics? These disparities in mental health treatment have caused significantly higher levels of drug abuse, suicide, and domestic violence in communities comprised of people of color. “Exposure to trauma, whether through witnessing or direct victimization, is often a daily reality for many Black males”. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.
The goal of the Black Men’s Mental Health Conference is to shine a light on mental health in the black community while providing a safe space for black men to seek information, voice their experiences, and come together in fellowship, unity, and love. By providing this space, we hope to create a supportive network that helps bring awareness to both domestic violence and mental health in the black community.
According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following are rates of reported intimate partner violence. Approximately 1 in 4 women (23.2%) and 1 in 7 men (13.9%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Domestic Violence….MUST STOP
Childhood trauma….MUST END
Mental Health Services…MUST CONTINUE
We are committed to joining the fight that brings awareness to our community!