As part of the Social Inclusion Campaign, PEERS is dedicated to promoting education and ending stigma around mental health in the African American community. Listen to the inspiring stories of DeWitt Buckingham and Brianna Williams, and learn more about this important social issue.
"We are about a movement, a shift, a change, one person at a time," said Sederia Lewis, summing up the mission of Victorious Black Women, an organization based in Oakland. "That one person reaching out to me made a world of difference, and now I can do that for someone else."
It's not easy being an organization that works with many cultures, but making and sharing an ongoing commitment to cultural learning is critical to effectively serving and gaining buy-in from consumers, according to Lynn Smith-Stott, Program Manager for Central City Concern.
The Portland-based organization is dedicated to serving people who are homeless and have mental health and/or addiction issues. One of their flagship projects is the Over Representation Program, or ORP, for African Americans.
Host Barbara Meyers chats with guests Gigi Crowder and Pastor Horacio Jones about a specialized training in Alameda County aimed at educating and encouraging a much needed collaboration between spiritual leaders and mental health providers. Learn how mental health and spirituality interact in the African American community and the importance of cultural responsiveness.
I wonder if Yasmeen Vaughan and I ever crossed paths. We're both about the same age and build. We're black women from Oakland. She graduated from Mills College and I grew up near there. Judging by her photos we have similar taste in fashion. Maybe we passed each other in a clothing store or at a flea market.
NPR's News & Notes kicks off a new series on mental health. Listen to insight on mental illness and racial disparities in mental health care from Dr. Annelle Primm — director of minority and national affairs for the American Psychiatric Association — and Dr. William Lawson, professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine.
Authored by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, the African American Utilization Report is a set of goals and recommendations identifying the African American community's greatest concerns and challenges surrounding mental health services. The findings, which highlight priorities for the population as a whole as well as by specific age group, will be used to guide the future implementation of county services.