In Part 1 of Mental Health in Our Community we discussed many of the ways young people’s mental health is impacted by external factors like systematic inequalities, ACES or stigma. I think we can all agree that there’s a problem and if you’re reading this blog and know Network Connect, we are all probably on the same page about how important it is for us as a community to protect the mental health of young people. So, this blog will focus on what we all can do individually to improve mental health outcomes for young people.
SUPPORTING MINORITY ORGANIZATIONS
Another important step in advocating for mental health awareness is to support organizations and initiatives that focus on mental health and wellbeing. There are many organizations that provide resources and support for people experiencing mental health challenges, as well as those working to promote mental health awareness and destigmatization. By volunteering, donating, or otherwise supporting these organizations, we can help ensure that mental health resources are available and accessible to all. Network Connect was created specifically to provide aid to those most in need and link children and their families to available resources that can help them build skills that will enable them to thrive. A couple of local organizations that we work with and that you can support include: Scholars Turf, Delaware Health Equity Coalition, our RACE program, DSU’s Hope House and more partners on our home page.
Finally, it is important to advocate for systemic change that addresses the root causes of mental health challenges in black and brown communities. This means working to address inequalities in access to resources like healthcare, education, and employment. It also means advocating for policies that promote mental health and wellbeing, such as policies that address poverty and discrimination.
In conclusion, Mental Health Awareness Month is an important time to focus on how we can both lead by example by caring for our own mental health while also supporting those most in need within our communities. By understanding the impact of ACEs on mental health and working to combat the stigma surrounding mental health challenges, we can create a culture that supports mental health and wellbeing for all. By supporting organizations that provide resources and support for people experiencing mental health challenges and advocating for systemic change, we can work towards a brighter, healthier future for all. Let us use this month to raise awareness!