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
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?
News you can use
"Black Suicide: When Prayer is Not Enough" (Ebony Wellness & Empowerment, Aug. 20, 2013)
"How A Family Copes With Schizophrenia And Suicide" (NPR, July 24, 2013)
“African-Americans, Latinos receive less adequate mental health care than Whites” (News Medical, July 22, 2013)
“Black and Blue: Annelle Primm Talks Mental Health For ‘Get Well Wednesday”’ by Annelle Primm (BlackAmericaWeb.com, July 16, 2013)
"[ENOUGH] Mental Health Disparities Endanger Chicago’s Youth: Mental health advocate Dr. Carl C. Bell speaks out as the city closes half of its mental health care facilities" (by Rod McCullum, Ebony Wellness & Empowerment, April 1, 2013)
Behind Mental Health Stigmas In Black Communities (8/20/12) NPR Talk of the Nation
Why Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Has Remained Mum about His ‘Mood Disorder’ Allison Samuels, The Daily Beast (7/12/12)
Chicago Tribune 2/5/12 Time to shatter the black suicide myth
BET Health 2/14/12 Commentary: An Explanation for Increased Black Schizophrenia
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Multicultural Newsroom Covers Health and Health Care Issues for African-American and Latino Communities
Black Teens, Especially Girls, at High Risk for Suicide Attempts (NIMH Science Update, 4/10/09)
NPR News and Notes Series on African American Mental Health
Mental Health and African Americans resource page of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Information guide from the American Psyciatric Association
"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
Building Bridges in Black Churches
- 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
- Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation, Inc.
- African-American Therapists
- Black Counselors
- Black Psychiatrists of America
- National Association of Black Social Workers
- National Black Child Development Institute