Black Perspectives in Mental Health: Allyship & Advocacy
A Community Call with Resilience Rally
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5 Key Takeaways from Maya McClendon
- Black women are consistently perceived as strong, due to how they experience and handle adversity & discrimination — societal pressure to fit this mould makes it difficult to find space to navigate mental health struggles, identity barriers, and heightened risk factors. Racism is often internalized — it may take twice the energy and time to work through a situation when no one looks the way you do.
- Balancing mental health as a Black woman — hand-select people dedicated to progress, healing, understanding boundaries, rest, and timeouts!
- Learn about systemic racism AND Black joy & beauty (which are often left out of the conversation).
- Allyship is more than a 28-day commitment to sharing posts, reading articles & books, and isolated conversations — it requires a daily commitment to celebrating Black joy, listening to & validating Black experiences, deconstructing generational trauma, noticing how we uphold systemic racism, and financially supporting resources led by certified Black mental health practitioners & organizations.
- Black mental health is a human right, and the oppressor bars it — we must acknowledge the deep roots & history of socioeconomic disparities, stigma, stereotypes, bias, racism in healthcare, and institutionalized racism & hate. It is also not the responsibility of the Black community to educate everyone.
Thank you for reading! For specific resources and a more in-depth look at this conversation, please see this post from Resilience Rally!