SEE SOMEONE STUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH?

JUMP IN

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SEE SOMEONE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH?

JUMP IN

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental illness.

Treatment is available and effective for most, but there are stark differences in who will receive help. You can bounce back.

Black men are less likely to get help for mental health than other groups. There are several reasons for this.

Let Springboard make a difference. The ball is in your court.

Untreated mental illnesses can be disastrous, even deadly.

Black men contend with various societal risks to their health and livelihoods, it is crucial that they get the mental health help they need.

By jumping in, we are encouraging Black men to begin a dialogue in their communities, with their peers and family members, to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and seek help.

People have taken notice that lack of accessible, culturally-competent, quality mental health care for Black men is unacceptable. Today, there is growing availability of culturally-competent care. Black men are being connected with therapists who look like them, and understand the unique complexities of their lives. Help with insurance and medications is more accessible through community-based services.

Asking for help is strength. Jump in and start a conversation today about prioritizing your mental health.

Springboard Community Services would like to thank United Healthcare for their funding and support of our Jump In campaign to help raise mental health awareness during Mental Health Awareness Month. 

IN THE FACE OF OPPOSITION

WE COULD ALL USE SOME OFFENSE

OUR IMPACT

MEET DEREK AND KENARD

While most 18 to 20-year-olds are looking forward to college or starting a career, Derek and Kenard were struggling just to survive. Raised in a chaotic household with a mentally unstable mother, the brothers had stopped attending school.

When they came to us, they were homeless, as well. We were able to help both brothers find housing through our Youth Resource Center. Kenard now has a job, and Derek has enrolled in​ an employment readiness and GED program. Both are in therapy and working hard toward achieving their goals.

​”We really couldn’t see a way out before.”
“Having our own apartment is like a dream.”​

Meet Deanna, a new mom facing her own childhood

Deanna found the help she needed for breastfeeding her first baby at a mothers’ support group. She also found out her ACEs score, a number between one and ten that represents how much trauma someone has experienced before age 18. Deanna got a six.
 
She began seeing a Springboard therapist and was diagnosed with Complex PTSD, usually a result of long-term trauma during childhood. Now that she understands how trauma affects her life, Deanna is working hard on her own healing and on becoming a great mom.
“I never realized how much trauma I had endured growing up
and how it has affected me personally and as a mom.”

ABOUT SPRINGBOARD COMMUNITY SERVICES

Since 1849, Springboard Community Services has provided families, children, and older adults in Baltimore and the surrounding counties that encompass Central Maryland with social services focused on prevention, intervention, counseling, and advocacy.

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