Supporting Mental Health and Wellness During Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! This month (and every month of the year) is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the history, impact, and future of Black people and culture.  

During this Black History Month, many organizations are taking the opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health and wellness within the Black community. The websites listed below are rich with information regarding the history of Black mental health and numerous resources to find support.

“In celebration of Black History Month, the National Museum of African American History & Culture will examine the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.” Learn More

“Learning about the history of systemic racism during Black History Month* – and all year – in the mental health system and movement and how it harms Black communities in the US and around the world is key for creating a mentally healthier world.” Learn More

“Food Lion and the Harvey B. Gantt Center invite you to join us for special programming ranging from beginner dance classes every Saturday  – Ballet! West African! Liturgical!  – to film screenings to lectures to hands-on art workshops. All in celebration of Black History Month at the Gantt Center.” Learn More

“What happens at the intersection of mental health and one’s experience as a member of the Black community? While the experience of being Black in America varies tremendously, there are shared cultural factors that play a role in helping define mental health and supporting well-being, resiliency and healing.” Learn More