Mental Health Awareness Month - Mental Health and Black Girls

Although everyone can be at risk for mental health illness, historically, communities of color experience unique and considerable challenges towards mental health due to cultural stigmas and attitudes about mental health, and societal perceptions of black women and girls. Read more about mental health and black women and girls HERE.

What you can do to promote positive mental health among black women and girls:

  1. Be honest about your own mental health struggles, offer stress-management strategies such as mindfulness, exercise, or activities they love and enjoy, and mentor and influence black girls to move more and stress-less.

  2. Advocate for cultural competency and gender responsiveness trainings at places that offer services and programs for black girls such as schools and organizations.

  3. Ensure that educators and those who interact with black girls use developmentally appropriate approaches fueled by empathy and respect.