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Mental Health Update

July 21, 2021
Mental Health Update

MH Update – 7/21/21 – Let’s Talk: BIPOC Mental Health Month

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[et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]In 2008, the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established by Congress to honor Bebe, a mental health advocate who worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the unique mental health needs of Black people and other underrepresented communities. She was an author, a journalist, and a mom to a young person experiencing mental health issues in a world where systems make it harder for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities to access care. Learn more about Bebe and her inspiring story here.

Watch the recording of Uplifting Black Joy, a conversation with Keturah Proctor, Educator, Regional Equity Facilitator and Black Mom. Discussion was based on the importance of uplifting Black joy as a form of resilience and self-care for Black youth and families.

Mental Health America: BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit
The 2021 toolkit addresses disparities in mental health services for BIPOC communities, and highlights alternative mental health supports, such as community care, self-directed care, and cultural care. The resources here are created by BIPOC communities for BIPOC communities.

There’s still time to register for our upcoming workshop for families!

Culture, Family & Mental Health: A Family Strengthening Workshop for Immigrant/POC Parents & Caregivers
July 30, 11am – 12pm (EST)

For parents and caregivers, supporting youth with mental health challenges can be incredibly daunting, especially when so much stigma and silence surrounds mental health in cultural communities.

This workshop aims to demystify conversations about mental health for immigrant families & families of color, and address common cultural misconceptions about mental health. The workshop will explore common stresses experienced by youth of color and immigrant children/children of immigrants including immigration stress, acculturation stress, race-based traumatic stress, intergenerational trauma, familial conflict, pressures to succeed, bullying, etc. Parents and caregivers will be guided through practical intercultural and intergenerational communication strategies to help you talk to your child about mental health. Attendees will reflect on how their culture & community can serve as a source of strength to support the family’s collective mental health; and be challenged to lead by example through role modeling mentally healthy habits for the whole family.

The workshop facilitator, Michelle Garcia, will share lived experiences as a child of Asian American immigrants, a trauma survivor, and mental health educator for AAPI/BIPOC communities.

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