Thank you so much for attending our Path to Hope Live event on Racism & Mental Health. It has been amazing to be in community with you all. We had some seriously vulnerable and powerful conversations. I especially appreciate the wisdom from our dynamic community panel- Barbie, Nubia, Victoria, & Alegria! I am grateful for the creators of the event (Erika & Dan), the other presenters, and how we all shared space together. I wanted to share some exciting news and some resources that have been helpful to me. Check out below, and have a wonderful Holiday season with attention to self-care and connectivity. ;). - Kelechi Ubozoh We've Been Too Patient Book We’ve Been Too Patient is a collection of a diverse of voices who all share their stories of radical healing and consider the recent movement towards reform in the mental health field, including the mad pride/consumer movement, theater as therapy, peer support, combating stigma, and trauma-informed care. My poem, "She Wasn't Crazy" is in the book along with lots of other stories from folks with lived experience.
You can buy books directly from me, and if you ask for a signed copy, I'll write a special message for you or a loved one. Thank you for supporting authors! https://kelechiubozoh.com/weve-been-too-patient/
The S Word Documentary The S Word documentary is on Amazon Prime! (I shared some clips during the presentation.) This documentary centers the experience of suicide attempt survivors to interrupt the silence and stigma around suicide and promote connectivity and healing (e.g. me singing karaoke in Oakland). I recommend you watch with someone and not alone (e.g. watch party) and check out the suicide prevention resources below. Here's the link to the page on Amazon Prime: https://bit.ly/TheSWordMovie
Suicide Prevention Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Warmline.org contains the links to Warm Lines in every state if you’d like to talk to a Peer
24/7 California Peer-Run Warm Line: 1-855-845-7415
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
Know the Signs: https://lnkd.in/ggQB-4m
*NOTE: Many of these resources could utilize restrictive interventions, like active rescues (wellness or welfare checks) involving law enforcement or emergency services (with the exception of Trans Lifeline). You can ask if this is a possibility at any point in your conversation if this is a concern for you. You can also utilize these resources if you are concerned about someone in your life approaching a crisis.
California Reducing Racial Disparities Projects/Pilots/Folks you should know!
The evidence shows that community-defined mental health practices are a promising way to drive change. Please reach out, support, and think about how you can integrate in your system of care!
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (San Francisco Community Health Center)
California Black Women's Health Project https://www.cabwhp.org
Cambodian Association of America http://www.cambodianusa.com/
Catholic Charities of the East Bay https://www.cceb.org/
East Bay Asian Youth Center https://ebayc.org/
Fresno Center for New Americans https://fresnocenter.org/
Friendship House Association of American Indians https://www.friendshiphousesf.org/
Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield (The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity)
Gender Health Center https://www.thegenderhealthcenter.org/
Gender Spectrum* https://www.genderspectrum.org/
Health Education Council* https://healthedcouncil.org/
Healthright 360 https://www.healthright360.org/
Healthy Heritage Movement http://healthyheritage.org/
Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County https://www.hmongculturalcenter.net/
Humanidad Therapy and Education Services https://srosahtes.org/
Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley https://www.indianhealthcenter.org/
Indian Health Council https://www.indianhealth.com/
Integral Community Solutions Institute https://icsi.solutions/
Korean Community Services https://www.koreancommunity.org/
La Clinica de la Raza https://laclinica.org/
La Familia Counseling Center https://lafcc.org/
Latino Services Providers https://latinoserviceproviders.org/
Mixteco-Indigena Community Organizing Project http://mixteco.org/
Muslim American Society: Social Services Foundation* https://www.mas-ssf.org/
Native American Health Center http://www.nativehealth.org/
On The Move - LGBTQ Connection https://www.lgbtqconnection.org/
Safe Passages* https://safepassages.org/
San Joaquin County Pride Center, Inc https://sjpridecenter.org/
Sonoma County Indian Health Center https://www.scihp.org/
The Village Project* http://www.villageprojectinc.org/
Two Feathers Native American Family Services https://twofeathers-nafs.org/
BIPOC Self-Care & Anti-racist Resources (Curated by Art Equity)
Resources to support your investigation: (sourced from the web.)
Brene Brown Shame and Accountability (anti-racism, shame, and accountability)
Code Switch: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/
Anti-racism resources for white people (via Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein)
Ways to help (via Black Lives Matter)
“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (from The Atlantic, 2014)
IG: George Floyd: How can I help from the UK? (via Das Penman)
IG: 10 steps to non-optical allyship (via Mireille Harper)
IG: Transform Allyship into Action: A Toolkit for Non-Black People (via Social Justice in Medicine Coalition at USC)
Twitter Thread: UK-based charities, organizations and platforms whose work aims to eradicate racial injustice (via Black Ballad)
IG: Brilliant Black-owned businesses to buy from in the UK (via Emily Ames)
Twitter Thread: Advice for companies from Sheree Atcheson, Monzo’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion (via Sheree Atcheson)
Impact of Racism on Mental Health
Shortage of mental health professionals of color: https://www.apa.org/monitor/2018/02/datapoint
Impact of graphic videos on mental health https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/black-pain-gone-viral-racism-graphic-videos-can-createptsd-like-trauma https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/new-study-gives-broader-look-into-how-police-killingsaffect-black-americans-mental-health
Radical Self-Care Resources
Tips for Black folks on Mental Health Care
Native American Wellness
Native Wellness Institute
Native American Family Wellness Day
COVID-19 and Black Feminist Reading List
PS MHTTC Webinars and Resources
Community-Defined Evidence: A Culturally-Appropriate Approach to Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Diverse Populations https://youtu.be/VMJ92Jh0psk
Presenters: Christina Borbely and Shannon Crossbear,
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
This pre-recorded webinar session celebrates culture and communities, and explores community programs and practices that work and are helping people. The session explores how we collectively approach the concept of evidence, effectiveness of practices, and the role of communities in achieving positive outcomes for individuals experiencing mental health conditions. This discussion is intended for clinicians, mental health program providers, evaluators, and others
Integrating Cultural and Linguistic Competence: Leading from Where You Are https://youtu.be/0jOPOk_WnD0
Presenters: Rachele Espiritu and Naomi Ortega Tein,
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
All health service systems are undergoing fundamental changes in order to embrace the diversity of populations in the U.S. today. Many health systems continue to grapple with the numerous challenges of implementing systemic change to respond effectively to the multiple needs of diverse cultural and linguistic groups. Organizations working together as part of a broader system often do not know where to start the work of integrating cultural and linguistic competence. To do this work, organizations first need to come to a common understanding of culture and cultural competence, and then they must adopt a systemic framework for its integration into services and supports. This presentation provides a conceptual framework for cultural competence in health. Participants will be able to define and identify the framework and underlying principles, as well as begin to explore how these principles influence their roles and functions.
Building a Diverse Workforce from the Ground Up https://youtu.be/yCcxORkWOkE
Presenters: Suganya Sockalingam and Naomi Ortega Tein,
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Expanding workforce diversity is a critical strategy to support improved access to health and health care for communities of color. To support this work, the PS MHTTC created a selfassessment tool to help mental health organizations explore their implementation of workforce diversity strategies: Assessing Workforce Diversity: A Tool for Mental Health Organizations on the Path to Health Equity. This workshop explores each of the tool's six key domains to build workforce diversity: Leadership and Governance; Recruitment; Orientation, Onboarding, and Ongoing Training; Retention and Professional Development; Communication; Partnership and Community Goals.
The Why, What, and How: Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health in the Pacific Southwest Region https://youtu.be/rMJH4EkzccY
Presenter: Tamu Nolfo
This webinar recording provides foundational knowledge on what are the social determinants of health, why they should be assessed, and how mental health service providers can leverage them for better outcomes. Hear how providers throughout the Pacific Southwest region are addressing the social determinants of health through broad initiatives, service assessments, and strategic partnerships. Journey with us as you gain an understanding of how to identify appropriate partners and collaborate with them on the shared interest of achieving mental health equity. There are many tools and resources highlighted to support your local efforts, as well as questions and answers with participants.
Understanding and Advancing Mental Health Equity for Young Adults https://youtu.be/_kSffNl0IXk Presenters: Kristin Thorp and Lydia Proulx, Youth
MOVE National Young adults of transition age have elevated rates of mental health challenges, yet they often do not receive services, and few interventions have been designed or found effective for this population. This puts young adults of transition age at greater risk for homelessness, justice involvement, and education and employment challenges. These challenges are even more acute for youth from vulnerable populations. This webinar recording focuses on strategic practices that health departments and mental health agencies can take to begin eliminating health disparities by advancing mental health equity
Low Barrier Access to Mental Health Services for Youth and Young Adults: What Works with What We’ve Got https://youtu.be/xPKL2JiXd0E
Presenters: Caitlin Baird, Pathways Research and Training Institute; Kristin Thorp, Youth MOVE National
This webinar recording explores low-barrier services for young adults of transition age experiencing or at risk for behavioral health challenges. Presenters discuss how low-barrier services can improve engagement and identify strategies for integrating low-barrier policies and practices into organizational standards. Throughout the discussion, presenters provide examples of promising approaches that have been adopted by local communities, including the development of drop-in centers and peer-to-peer programs.
Ethical Considerations and Strategies for Improving Shared Decision-Making in Civil Commitment and Involuntary Hospitalization https://youtu.be/sSwjZkZ7CaU
Presenters: Amanda Lipp, Pacific Southwest MHTTC;
Kristin Thorp, Youth MOVE National
Though the practice of civil commitment and involuntary hospitalization has markedly changed since the middle of the 20th century, it remains one of the most controversial procedures in behavioral healthcare. This webinar recording explores civil commitment law through the lens of civil liberties for young adults of transition age. We consider the ethical tensions between a provider or family member's desire to help a young person experiencing serious mental illness and the young person's autonomy. Presenters discuss the importance of shared decision making and will provide strategies for improving the process of civil commitments for youth and their families.
What We Know and What We Want to Know Regarding Co-Occurring Disorders (COD): A Conversation for Figuring out Real Needs https://youtu.be/cJLUwRAuvXY
Presenters: Heather Gotham, MHTTC Network Coordinating Office / Stanford University;
Christina Borbely, Pacific Southwest MHTTC
The purpose of this peer learning forum was to build collective awareness regarding the region's needs and opportunities for effectively identifying and addressing Co-occurring Disorders (COD). Led by Dr. Heather Gotham of Stanford University School of Medicine's MHTTC Network Coordinating Office, participants shared their perspectives, queries, recommendations, and examples around the following aspects of their work: What's the problem we're trying to address? What's the impetus for building capacity? What needs to be different? What training and technical assistance would be helpful to achieve that change?
Delivering Mental Health Services Through a Cultural Lens: What Can We All Do? https://youtu.be/OqugrcWfJP8
Presented by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Integrating cultural and linguistic considerations in our mental health services requires shifts in values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. If we are truly invested in improving the client’s experience as they enter our organizations and in creating equitable systems for services, we need to be open to changes. We can all lead and engage in a change process to integrate cultural and linguistic considerations into our policy, infrastructure, workforce, community engagement, and programs and services.
Presenters Suganya Sockalingam and Annie Guo VanDan provide a conceptual foundation of the importance of culture, including definitions, frameworks, and concepts. We look at a self-assessment tool to examine cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) in our organization, and explore the leadership required to motivate and integrate CLC into systems and service delivery.
TAKE ACTION: Implement Workforce Diversity Strategies to Effectively Address Disparities in Mental Health https://meet60318086.adobeconnect.com/mhttcwebinarrecordingimplementworkforcediversitystr ategies/event/registration.html
Presented by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC
As our population becomes increasingly diverse, mental health organizations and providers see the value of employing diverse staff that reflect the people they serve. The Pacific Southwest MHTTC has developed a self-assessment instrument to help mental health organizations identify and implement workforce diversity strategies in six critical areas. This presentation highlights the importance of increasing workforce diversity for achieving health equity. Presenters briefly outline the purpose of the six areas in strengthening workforce diversity. Then participants have the opportunity to complete the tool and explore the different aspects of each area. This session is geared towards those in mental health organizations who are interested in assessing the importance of a culturally responsive workforce and taking action.
Implicit Bias Webinar Series
Presented by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Everyone has them, and becoming mindful of how implicit and explicit biases impact our work with others is important. Implicit biases can lead to unfair differences in the expectations we hold for those we serve, how we interact with them, and the learning opportunities we provide.
This is a four-part series that explores the dynamics of implicit bias and its impact on our work in mental health. Starting with the individual, this series challenges you to reflect on your own implicit biases and learn ways to become self-aware regarding your own biases and microagressions.
Additional sessions focus on relationships with clients, organizational culture and climate, and engagement with communities. How Implicit Bias Affects our Work: Starting with the Individual https://meet60318086.adobeconnect.com/mhttcrecordedwebinarimplicitbias1/event/regis tration.html How Implicit Bias Affects our Work: Relationships with Clients https://meet60318086.adobeconnect.com/mhttcrecordedwebinarimplicitbias2/event/regis tration.html How Implicit Bias Affects our Work: Organizational Culture and Climate
Racism and Discrimination on the Mental Health of our Black Communities. As you know, mental health is one of the vital issues facing the Black community in America. Sadly, given the racism and racial injustice African Americans have faced, it’s not surprising that they have become more susceptible to struggle with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Unfortunately, just 1/3 of Black people will receive the help they need. For some, longstanding racism has hurt their economic prospects and their ability to access affordable, high-quality mental health assistance. Other African Americans are afraid of the stigmas regarding mental illnesses and treatment. But not finding help can make mental illnesses even worse. One of our goals is to help people find the assistance they need when they need it. We also want to help to start a conversation about how racism affects the African American community's mental health. And help to reduce the shame and stigma sometimes associated with mental illness and mental health treatment If you want to learn more about it, please check our guide:
Community Outreach Director
Sunshine Behavioral Health
Address: 45000 River Ridge Dr #350, Clinton Twp, MI 48038
Phone: (248) 210-4135