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.
Black men are less likely to get help for mental health than other groups. There are several reasons for this.
Stigma towards mental health is pervasive in the U.S. and may be particularly prevalent among Black men who regard having a mental health issue or asking for help as a weakness.
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.