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Racial Disparity in Mental Health – the Need to be More Inclusive in Research and Resources

  • HVC-200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

Dear Colleague:

On December 6, I will be hosting a panel that will discuss the impact of racial disparity in mental health, and the need for more inclusive research, education and resources to those communities.

I hope that you and your staff will take this opportunity to learn more about the impacts of researchers and how they impact analysis among communities, education, and others from academics and other professionals in the field of psychology.

Participants include:

  • Dr. Denise Juliano-Bult, MSW, Chief of Disparities in Mental Health Services Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH

  • Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, Project Director of AAKOMA and Medical Researcher at the Georgetown University Medical Center

  • Dr. Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research  

The briefing will be an informal panel discussion about the importance of increasing involvement of individuals from communities of color, especially Black Americans, into positions of research and for these communities to have a greater representation in clinical trials. If these changes occur, academics and medical community can have better data to support individuals facing mental health issues. Staff and interns are welcome.

Please RSVP to Brad Korten at Brad.Korten@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-5801.

Sincerely,

 

BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN
Member of Congress

 

Background on Racial Disparity in Mental Health for Black America

Everyday millions of Black youth are faced with mental and psychological problems. Engagement in suicidal behaviors has increased by triple digits among Black adolescent boy over the last 20 years. Many Black youth experience face depressions and anxiety. There are substantial barriers of mental illness treatments that will take a while to be eradicated. There is a need for these individuals to be aided and helped. Black boys suffer at an increased rate of psychological issues that increase the rates of depression, suicidal thoughts and other mental illnesses. Even after the reports on their mental issues are received there is not sufficient action taken or resources provided for these individuals.

For further development of given resources that are needed to establish effective programs and analysis there is a need for placement of Black Researchers. There is a need for racial inclusive research aid for benefiting and effecting racially inclined communities to improve school-based surveillance of mental health needs, implement suicide prevention programs in schools, educate families on signs and symptoms of depression, build an interconnected network of support for Black youth, and increase opportunities for prosocial engagement. The goal is to prevent mental issues and provide aid for physiological needs of Black youth through targeting the missing component of a racially inclusive research aid. To obtain sufficient data on this issue we are suggesting that there be established further racially inclusive of Black researchers as well as from other minority communities.

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