Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation, Inc. (BMHA) is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides training, consultation, support groups, resource referral, public information, and educational resources regarding mental health and mental illness issues.
Your contribution is going towards supporting BMHA to:
Offer Education For Black Mental Health Practitioners, Activists, Community Workers, Families, and Individuals ~ Only 6.2% of psychologists, 5.6% of advanced-practice psychiatric nurses, 12.6% of social workers, and 21.3% of psychiatrists are members of minority groups. In addition to the lack of adequate representation among practitioners, Black people are 20% more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population and yet, only about 25% of Black people seek mental health care as compared to 40% of white people. The reasons for this disparity is because of lack of health insurance, distrust of the mental health system, misdiagnosis of symptoms, lack of cultural competence and stigma. Your contribution will fund:
The National Institute For Maximal Human Development will offer specialized professional development, continuing education, and cultural healing insight to mental health practitioners and other professionals who serve Black families and communities of color. In partnership with selected communities and agencies, The Institute will offer culturally-relevant and community-based training classes that are led by both indigenous community helpers and highly qualified professionals and teach strategies for collective healing and resiliency.
Expansion Initiative of Culturally Competent Training Beyond The Baltimore/DC Area will lead to other Black mental health advocacy organizations and BMHA affiliate chapters to create training centers that offer affordable professional development and continuing education in their respective areas so that Black mental health practitioners can maintain licensure and the growing demand for mental health treatment in Black communities.
Provide Direct Services and Programs For Black Men, Women & Youth ~ There are daily news reports about the threats confronting Black families: the disproportionate devastation of COVID-19, the erosion of substance abuse and mental health services, unrelenting micro-assaults and microaggressions, increases in traumatic stress, generational poverty, police brutality, and societal neglect reinforced by systemic segregation and oppression. Your contribution will fund:
Black-2-Basics: Our Healing & Transformation During COVID-19 allows BMHA to develop and continue its series on specific topics related to our healing and transformation in the Black community during the COVID-19 pandemic and receive free resource information for national and community leaders and activists.
Young Black Minds Matter Initiative offers special focus on our young adults ranging from 18 to 26 years to ensure that BMHA puts protective and life-affirming resources in place for their emotional and mental well-being on our social media platforms and a series of workshops that will be offered in an annual summit at the start of each academic year.
Healing Youth Alliance is a new youth initiative developed in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Social Work and HeartSmiles Inc, aimed at decreasing the stigma of mental illness while increasing awareness of healing-centered engagement in the African-American community.
Black Healing Tour will allow BMHA to take its mission and vision on the road. The Tour will offer convening sessions where we will collaborate with Black mental health advocacy organizations in a given geographic location; workshops for Black men, women, and youth and their caregivers; professional development sessions for Black practitioners and other professionals; and other opportunities for healing and networking. The tour will have presenters pull from a given geographic location so that the content is relevant to the Black communities in that area.
Serve as a National Convener for Black Mental Health Advocacy ~ Many Black mental health advocacy organizations often work in silos which can lead to duplicated initiatives and wasted resources. Currently, there are areas in this country and around the world where there is a need for Black mental health advocacy. Your contribution will fund:
The National Conference of Black Mental Health Advocacy Organizations will offer workshops on grassroots coalition building, fundraising with allied organizations, professional development for Black therapists, and among other workshop topics.
BMHA Affiliate Chapters will get established in geographic locations where there are no existing Black mental health advocacy organizations. Each affiliate chapter will offer the same services that BMHA has, but tailored to its surrounding community.
Black Faith Community Roundtable For Mental Health will convene leaders from the Black faith community from all religions to discuss how they can encourage their members to seek mental health assessment and treatment.
Increase Brand Awareness ~ By increasing our brand awareness, we also de-stigmatize mental health issues in the Black community and give voice to those in Black communities who are seeking mental and emotional healing without judgment, offering culturally-competent treatment services, or needing tools and materials to spread the message for healing while Black. Your contribution will fund:
BMHA Podcast & TV will offer a platform for Black mental health practitioners and those with experience in living with mental health conditions to share their resource information and journey with others.
BMHA Membership Engagement Initiatives will not only allow us to increase our membership but allow for staff to engage closely with our members to ensure that they are receiving all their benefits, such as being highlighted in our newsletter and on our social media platforms, and interviewed on our podcast and tv show. Engagement initiatives will consist of our staff and consultants guiding members in writing blog articles for our website as well as their own, creating social media campaigns, and securing funding for their initiatives and projects.
BMHA Online Swag & Product Store will offer affordable BMHA branded items that anyone can wear or use as a means to promote Black emotional and mental healing with provocative and bold statements.
Stand in agreement that we are all working toward the same goal, healing in our community and making a difference!