For many in our community, it can be incredibly challenging to discuss the topic of mental health due to concerns about how they may be perceived by others.
When a person is experiencing challenges with their mental health, it is essential for that person to receive quality care as soon as the symptoms are recognized.
The Black community, like other communities of color, are more likely to experience socioeconomic disparities such as exclusion from health, educational, social, and economic resources.
NAMI works to build equity in mental health resources through education, support, and advocacy.
Dear neighbor and members of our community,
No doubt COVID 19 has made it tougher to get by. Many of us are worried about our day-to-day survival. The effects of racism and racial trauma on mental health are real and cannot be ignored. It can be a very stressful situation right now.
In my mind, what is important is to take care of ourselves and take care of each other.
All the volunteers and staff members from NAMI Long Beach Area hope and pray we can provide you with some relief during these times.
I want you to know that there is always a helping hand, someone to talk to, people who care.
Yours in Health and Safety,
Marilyn Michelle Thomas ("Chelle")
VP, Director of Peer Programs
NAMI Long Beach Area
A person should be able to feel that their identity is
understood by their provider. When meeting with a provider, it can be helpful to ask questions to get a sense of their level of cultural awareness. Some questions could be: