Black mental health matters: How to cope during a time of social injustice, according to experts
From Goodmorningamerica.com, July 10, 2020
Black mental health matters.
To say this is an exponentially tough time for black people in America would be an understatement – and that’s why protecting the mental health of this community is vital.
The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and most recently George Floyd, among countless lives lost at the hands of police brutality — in addition to simultaneously experiencing a disproportionate rate of deaths from COVID-19 — has left many people of color fighting through psychological warfare.
During this mental health state of emergency, black communities are not only protesting, but many are also looking for ways to find peace.
African Americans are 10% more likely to experience serious psychological distress than other races.
African Americans are 10% more likely to experience serious psychological distress than other races, according to Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health. Experts agree that these alarming statistics will only increase without elevated access to coping mechanisms.