BIPOC Communities

Why BIPOC Mental Health Matters  

The BIPOC community is identified as members of the Black, Indigenous, People of Color and other marginalized groups. Collectively, these groups often experience increased levels of mental health struggles due to the compounding impacts of racial trauma, socioeconomic gaps, and a lack of representation and access to care within the mental health industry. While People of Color (POC) have rates of mental health disorders similar to Whites, these disorders are more likely to last longer and result in more significant disability for POC (1). Particularly, in communities of color, mental illnesses often go untreated due to a lack of insurance coverage and health equity. As ADAA remains committed to highlighting diversity and BIPOC-specific resources, we encourage you to share your mental health stories as a member of the BIPOC community and learn about the experiences of others. Find out how to share your story with ADAA.

A Message from ADAA

ADAA remains committed to highlighting the mental health experiences of BIPOC communities through the promotion of professional research and community-focused engagement. This July, in honor of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month and its commitment to DEIA, ADAA wants to acknowledge and shed light on the mental health of communities of color. We recognize the serious health inequities and disparities that impact BIPOC communities, and we are using our platform to promote new voice and perspectives in research and education to increase BIPOC representation in mental health awareness and treatment. ADAA encourages you to join us and use the month of July to learn more about the mental health experiences of BIPOC communities.  

DEI Commitment Statement from ADAA

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is committed to highlighting diversity, equity and inclusion as a core organizational value to promote BIPOC-specific mental health research and professionals. As an organization that has a large global impact and a diverse professional network, we acknowledge racial injustices and societal inequalities have caused BIPOC communities harm. The impact of these inequalities coupled with health disparities has helped us affirm the importance of health equity throughout our organization and its resources. ADAA recognizes that combatting societal, organizational and health inequalities is an ongoing commitment. Therefore, we remain committed to highlighting and encouraging BIPOC-specific mental health research and professionals throughout our organization. As such, we support racial justice and embrace diversity, equity and inclusion as core values.

ADAA's Inclusive Language Guidelines (2022).

Finding Support for Your Community

ADAA has crafted individual pages for each BIPOC community to address the specific mental health struggles that present themselves in these groups. Check out the links below to find support, infographics and additional resources that can help members of the community better understand their own mental health journey.

Finding a BIPOC Therapist 

BIPOC communities continue to work to ensure that there is progress and more representation within the mental health industry. At the same time, there are still some culturally responsive resources available that are offered specifically for BIPOC communities.  

Below are websites where you can find mental health providers catered to BIPOC communities: 

BIPOC Specific Resources from the ADAA Community

Blogs

Stories of Triumph

Infographics

Additional Mental Health Resources

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References

  1. Gateway to Mental Health Services. rtor.org. BLACK, INDIGENOUS, AND PEOPLE OF COLOR (BIPOC) MENTAL HEALTH FACT SHEET. https://www.rtor.org/bipoc-mental-health-equity-fact-sheet/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw0PWRBhDKARIsAPKHFGg_4CGWYdPYQnW5uMNzHPJAAnGsAIPO1CQH3cZf2FwWJfCKFD0NOzYaAtbzEALw_wcB
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