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African American Community Mental Health Fact Sheet
A Family Guide to Mental Health: What You Need to Know
NAMI's popular booklet for the African American community with ordering information. Personal stories and quotes provide important information on mental illness and how it affects the family in a real-world tone. The colorful resource carries the messages that you are not alone, recovery is possible and identifies where to find more information and where to seek help.
Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health
NAMI's initiative to foster dialogue, decrease mental health stigma and increase awareness of mental health recovery through education and support programming in partnership with organizations with a predominantly African American membership or service population . Follow the above link for details.
NAMI short video featuring African American NAMI leaders' perspectives on mental health recovery and support.
What is it like to live with mental illness? What is recovery? What can an individual or their family do to find help?
Information guide from the American Psyciatric Association
Guide comes with an accompanying DVD that features individuals of a variety of perspectives discussion of mental illness, ways mental illness can be treated and the kinds of healthcare providers who can help. View the video and find ordering information on the APA's website. Watch closely and you'll notice scenes filmed in the NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore office!
Why Should African American Churches Care about Mental Illness?
"How Health Reform Helps," focusing on African Americans, from Families USA's fact sheet series on health reform impacts on diverse communities.
Stories That Heal
A Web site featuring real-life stories and resources to promote awareness of mental health recovery and support among African Americans. This web resource is provided in the collaboration of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Ad Council and the Stay Strong Foundation, co-founded by Terrie Williams who also serves as spokesperson of this awareness campaign.
Building Bridges in Black Churches
(Featured in NAMI FaithNet) In the black community, mental illness is often stigmatized and undiagnosed. As Rose Hardy, an ordained minister in the Unity Fellowship Church, noticed, church members are comfortable standing up in services to talk about their afflictions, like HIV, and drug or alcohol addiction, but mental illness remains a hushed topic. Read about how Hardy discovered the Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality (PEWS) program and utilized it to build bridges between black churches and mental health awareness programs.
- Suicide Among African Americans
A study featured as a NAMI top news story November 8, 2006 that could help explode the myth that black suicides are rare was released in November 2006 by the Univ. of Michigan. Read the abstract of the study or access the full article on the Journal of the American Medicine Association website.
- Stress Among African American Adolescents Studied
The Preventing Chronic Disorders Journal published the "Shifting the Lens" study in April 2006. This study explores stress & coping among urban African American adolescents.
- Proceedings from A Listening Forum with Black Psychiatrists
This document includes excerpts and summarizes the issues and recommendations offered during a dialogue between NAMI and leading Black Psychiatrists based in the U.S. that was held on October 7, 2002.
Souls of Black Men
The Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Cosultation, Inc. invited a group of African American men to share their thoughts and experiences with regard to mental health. This fact sheet represents their voices - uncensored and unscripted.
External Organization/ Agency Links
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