In Darnell Lamont Walker’s documentary Outside the House, he’s breaking down the barriers and stigmas when it comes to black people discussing their mental-health issues, and confronting the problem head-on.
Race & Ethnicity
In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report, Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, that documented substantial differences in mental health service utilization between non-Hispanic white adults and other racial/ethnic groups. The report also noted racial/ethnic differences in the types of services that are used. Moreover, the Surgeon General determined that not all differences in mental health service utilization resulted from personal preference. Rather, many of the racial/ethnic differences in mental health service utilization resulted from structural barriers, such as lack of transportation, low availability of care providers, cost, and insurance barriers.
That juvenile offenders not being provided the treatment they need is troubling, but even more disheartening is that some types of kids have an even higher risk of not receiving the treatment they sorely needed. This is unacceptable.
Compared to white individuals, black people born between 1900 and 1984 had to cope far more often with the deaths of their parents, siblings and even their children, earlier and throughout their lives.
Our legal system and the media that covers it often seem designed to categorize acts of violence as one type or another. But bigotries and oppressive forces overlap, finding homes in the bodies of vulnerable people and wreaking terrible havoc. Read more…
In a two-day session at the Black Student-Athlete Summit in Austin, Texas, a number of health professionals educated and engaged attendees in discussions focusing largely on the mental health and well-being of student-athletes. Read more…
Membership in diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural groups is often associated with inequitable health and mental health outcomes for diverse populations. Yet, little is known about how cultural adaptations of standard services affect health and mental health outcomes for service recipients. Read more…
Pastor Michael Walrond Jr. is making a tremendous stride towards destigmatizing mental illness in the black community by providing free mental health services to Harlem residents. Read more…
Australia’s efforts to combat Indigenous disadvantage are continuing to see declining outcomes in mental health, family violence, and incarceration, the Productivity Commission has found.
The Brandeis Asian American Students Association examined taboos around mental health, specifically in the Asian American community, at an event in the Intercultural Center this past Monday night.
“A jail is not a place for people experiencing (a mental-health) episode. County jails are the largest mental-health institutes in the country. Something needs to be changed,” Travis Sheriff Greg Hamilton said.
Corporal Punishment in Schools is Used Disproportionately on African-American Children and Children with Disabilities
In parts of the 19 states where the practice is still legal, corporal punishment in schools is used as much as 50 percent more frequently on children who are African American or who have disabilities, a new analysis has found.
History and Current Relevance of Chicana/o Psychology: Addressing Mental Health in Mexican American & Latina/o Communities
Guest post by Manuel X. Zamarripa, Ph.D., LPC-S In 2014, a Fox News Latino article cited that only 1 in 11 Latina/os seek mental health treatment. Chicana/o Psychology is rarely discussed as recourse to address this situation. In 2004, Dr. Manuel Ramirez outlined the tenets of Chicana/o Psychology, but the roots of Chicana/o Psychology run Read more
Student recommended for mental health screening after drawing picture of lynching and ‘Black Lives Matter’
When an 11-year-old in Maryland drew a picture for a class assignment, he depicted his view of the world today in the context of history. He showed a black man hanging from a tree, with two Ku Klux Klansmen nearby.
In another legislative step towards reform in the aftermath of Sandra Bland’s 2015 suicide in the Waller County Jail, the Texas House Committee on County Affairs will meet to discuss improving local jail policies and modifying law enforcement training.
This panel will explore the reasons health inequality pervades our system, causing Blacks to die quicker and live sicker than any other population in America. Watch it live here.
Dr. Kevin Cokley’s research and scholarship challenges the notion that African American students are anti-intellectual, and critically re-examines the impact of racial and ethnic identity and gender on academic achievement.
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These two jokes represent disparagement humor – any attempt to amuse through the denigration of a social group or its representatives. You know it as sexist or racist jokes – basically anything that makes a punchline out of a marginalized group.