Unfortunately, minority groups in the U.S. still experience systemic racism, discrimination, income inequality, limited access to mental health treatment, poverty, cultural stigma, violence, homelessness, and lack of affordable health resources at disproportionately higher rates (in comparison to their Caucasian fellow citizens).
Recognizing mental health during May is an essential step towards progress, and building a world where mental health conversations are normalized. For many, experiencing mental health conditions is a lifelong journey, so we cannot only discuss it during May.
World Autism Awareness Day celebrates and commemorates the important contributions that people with autism provide across the globe. It’s also an opportunity to shed light on the oppression and countless barriers that people with autism face. By understanding their lived experiences, we can produce a framework on which to better support the autistic community. Proactive changes are the key to creating a world that is more accessible and understanding for people with autism and other neurodiverse disabilities.
As the founder of Speaks 2 Inspire, a Black-owned mental health consultancy, I understand the power of sharing my story as a black man who struggled with and overcame mental health challenges. Promoting mental wellness in the Black community is one of our top priorities year-round, but especially during February and Black History Month.
Sick days are universally accepted, but many professors and employers are hesitant to approve absences for mental health.
It seems like the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed every industry to its limit, and the world of education is no exception. Students are struggling with mental health challenges at unprecedented levels and teacher burnout has led to widespread staffing shortages.