ANXIETY | DEPRESSION
HEALTH DISPARITIES FOR BMOC
An existing and growing body of research suggests that disparities result from a complex interplay of factors at the individual, interpersonal, community, and macro levels. Disparities among boys and men of color are largely the result of a cumulative set of factors, which include adverse socioeconomic conditions, lack of health insurance, and unequal access to health care, as well as lack of quality education, adequate housing, and employment.
Considering the social determinants of health, boys and men of color experience disproportionate levels of misdiagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness, over-medication, and high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Yet to be fully developed is an understanding of the multiple ways in which repetitive and multigenerational exposure to violence, oppression, neglect, discrimination, criminalization, and poverty can impact individuals and entire communities.
Because of these factors, we also address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, trauma, secondary trauma, and pathways to healing integrated with Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards (CLAS). The signature goal of this program is to engage participants in their personal mental health care, creating awareness and utilization of clinical and holistic resources, interventions, and treatment suited to the individual.