July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This July, communities are facing the “perfect storm” of crises that are deepening the disparities in mental health and wellbeing. The current COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, behavioral health crisis, and the civil unrest stemming from recent incidents of police brutality has impacted all of America, but disproportionately affects communities of color.
Community and faith-based organizations play an essential role in helping these communities handle deeply experienced trauma, loss, and grief. Poor access to and mistrust of health care systems leads individuals to reach out to their familiar and trusted faith-based organizations and leaders. In many cultures, spirituality is a key driver of wellbeing and hope. Faith leaders are coming together across communities to organize, support, provide, engage and instill hope.
Join this NNED virtual roundtable hosted by the NNED National Facilitation Center and SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity in partnership with SAMHSA’s Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office to learn how faith-based NNED partner organizations are supporting the mental health concerns of racial/ethnic minorities and providing opportunities to receive support and connection through faith-based practices and partnerships.
This NNED virtual roundtable will highlight:
- Faith-based partnerships that address the behavioral health in communities of color and augment the behavioral health workforce;
- Cultural and spiritual practices provided by faith-based organizations to strengthen community and social connectedness during times of crises;
- Faith leaders’ strategies to help diverse communities cope with trauma, loss, and grief; and
- The importance of and role of faith leaders in promoting self-care among the health care workforce, caregivers, and themselves.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
This year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) comes at a time when many Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) are experiencing discrimination and stigma emerging from anti-Asian narratives related to COVID-19. These narratives, embedded in a national context of uncertainty about health and safety, are increasing the vulnerability for fear, anxiety and emotional distress within API communities.
NNED organizations and API community leaders are responding to the rising needs for mental health and emotional support. The evolving circumstances have created a platform for enhanced partnership and innovation to expand the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services and ensure the safety of API populations.
This NNED Virtual Roundtable was the second of a two-part series on the behavioral and mental health impacts of COVID-19. Panelists discussed:
- Emerging mental health needs for API communities
- Strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health and emotional support services to API populations
- Community approaches for addressing discrimination and stigma experienced by APIs
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
COVID-19 brings new health, economic and social crises on a daily basis. These crises especially affect lower-income, ethnic minority communities with job loss, food insecurity, and poorer access to health care. Information overload and cultural and linguistic gaps in information exacerbate anxiety, confusion, and uncertainty. National conversations underscore the growing need for mental health and emotional supports for individuals, families and providers across all populations.
NNED partner organizations across the country have rapidly pulled together—demonstrating collective strength, innovation, and new partnerships—to address the particular needs of their residents. Their efforts to reduce the anxiety and mental health stressors associated with COVID-19 expand the capacities of local healthcare systems to care for diverse populations.
This NNED Virtual Roundtable series will highlight issues associated with COVID-19, including:
- Unique experiences of individuals in underserved communities;
- Strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health information; and
- Specific actions taken by select NNED communities to deliver high-impact and easy to implement approaches that support behavioral health needs.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
In response to the overwhelming interest in the SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity and Justice-Involved (OBHE) webinar by the same name, the NNED organized a virtual roundtable to build on the conversation. New participants and previous attendees are welcomed into this NNED virtual roundtable, where the panelists and participants engaged in conversation to inform community-driven action.
Panelists built on strategies shared in the first session, taking a deeper dive into community-focused, culturally and linguistically-resonant strategies to prevent and treat opioid misuse and addiction in Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities. The new format allowed for panelists to dialogue with each other and provided interactive opportunities for attendees to ask questions of the panelists to help move their conversations and work to end the opioid crisis.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
Trauma, trauma-informed care and the connection between traumatic exposure and mental health are hot topics. The growing discussions across the spectrum of research, clinical practice, community and service systems – mental health, education, criminal justice, child welfare, etc.—and increased awareness of the role trauma in peoples’ lives is creating a paradigm shift. Approaches for creating optimal conditions for mental health and well-being are emerging trends within communities.
As the promotion of trauma-informed programs and interventions expands, it is critical to learn how communities—often those experiencing higher rates of violence and associated trauma—understand the impact of trauma, the roles of resilience and community assets, and the development of community-driven and community-embraced programs and interventions.
This NNED virtual roundtable highlighted perspectives from diverse racial and ethnic community leaders to illustrate how trauma shows up in their communities and how culturally responsive, trauma-informed, holistic services and supports provide appropriate opportunities for healing and resilience.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
When behavioral health organizations create environments that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable, staff are more likely to feel valued, experience a sense of belonging, and want to stay. Creating this kind of work environment often involves examining and breaking down structures, policies, and practices to address barriers and challenges that individuals experience. How can organizations welcome these changes and work through them?
This NNED virtual roundtable was convened on April 24 to learn about the innovative strategies that community-based organizations are implementing to create inclusive and equitable workplace environments. Panelists highlighted the relationship between workplace environments and workforce staff retention. The discussion also included strategies for increasing workforce diversity through pipeline opportunities and by supporting the growth and engagement of peer specialists.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
This NNED virtual roundtable, held March 6, explored the potential for broad partnerships to build the evidence of effectiveness for behavioral health best practices in diverse communities. Engaging evaluators with expertise in culturally-responsive and equitable evaluation can amplify the efforts of community-based organizations (CBOs) to best serve the needs and help tell the stories of diverse communities. Panelists provided a brief history of community-defined evidence and practices in behavioral and mental health, and recognized evidence on a spectrum. They also discussed strategic partnerships to enhance practice and model the way to continue bringing community-defined evidence practice to the national stage.
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- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Moving Forward: Diverse Community Perspectives and Strategies on Trauma, Healing and Trust
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Workplace Environment Matters: Strategies to Support and Retain Behavioral Health Staff Providing Services to Diverse Ethnic and Racial Populations
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Building the Evidence: Innovative Partnerships to Move Community-Defined Evidence to Best Practice
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Creating Supportive Systems to Improve Mental Health Outcomes for Young African American Boys
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Funding Your Behavioral Health Equity Work: How What and With Who?
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Voices from the Field, the Impact of Opioid Addiction in Diverse Communities
- Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2014 Webinar and Twitter Chat
- 2014 National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Planning
- (En Español): Effective Outreach & Enrollment Practices to Latino Youth
- (En Español): Demographic Overview of Latino Adolescents & their Health Coverage Needs
- Behavioral Health & the Affordable Care Act for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders
- Reaching Latino Audiences—Media Outreach and Digital Engagement
- Barriers and Challenges for Outreach and Enrollment in Latino Communities
- Building Partnerships To Further Outreach & Enrollment in Latino Communities
- Fundamentals of Health Reform Outreach & Enrollment to Latinos
- Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013
- Planning and Preparing for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013
- National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013 History & Highlights Webinar
- Virtual Roundtable: Providing Behavioral Health Services to Diverse Service Members
- National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2012
- National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2012 Planning
- NNED Forum Call: Healing Hurt People
- NNED Forum Call: Psychological First Aid
- NNED Forum Call: Tenemos Voz (We have a Voice)
- Addressing Re-experiencing & Avoidance in Victims of Urban Trauma
- Trauma Informed Care and Violence Prevention – Recognizing Hyperarousal
- Empowering our Voices: Developing & Sustaining Multicultural Consumer Networks
- Community of Practice – Latino MultiFamily Group Program
- You Say
PotaytoI Say Potahto, Don’t Call the Whole Thing Off: The Need for Cross-Cultural Dialogue
- Community-Based Responses to Parental Depression
- Community-Based Approaches to Maternal Depression
- Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities Through Faith-Health Partnerships
- Empowering Native Youth Through Experiential Education
- Celebrating Mental Health in Diverse Communities Part II
- Celebrating Mental Health in Diverse Communities Part I
- Social Media Strategies for Community-Based Organizations