“I JUST WANT MY PEOPLE TO HEAL.”
I JUST WANT MY PEOPLE THE HEAL INC.
Mission Statement: We exist to proactively reduce the stigma of mental health in the African American community by bringing awareness, providing supports as well as linkages that strengthen bonds, and promote unity among African-American women, men, & children.
"I Just Want My People to Heal” is a mental health based non-profit organization that is the brainchild of Forensic Psychology PhD Candidate a.Nichole. In the beginning of her PhD program, a.Nichole witnessed the lack of representation and studies aimed at the African American community as well as supports that encourages mental wellness. She also recognized the intense fear and taboo energy that surrounds mental health in her community which leads to suffering in silence and becoming numb to an altered quality of life. Wishing to close the gap between mental health awareness in the African-American community, mental health supports and unity; a.Nichole created this nonprofit organization to build a rapport between mental health freedom and networking in the African American community.
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WHY DOES MENTAL HEALTH MATTER?
While Blacks make up 12% of the national population, we account for approximately 25% of the mental health needs in the United States. As a matter of fact, that 25% is likely an underestimation since numerous cases of mental illness go unnoticed and unreported in our community.
More than 6.8 million African Americans are living with a diagnosable mental health disorder.
African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health issues versus the general population. They are also 50% less likely to seek support or mental health treatment which causes them to suffer in silence.
25% of African Americans seek treatment for their mental health issues compared to 40% of White individuals. 29% of African American women who dwell in disadvantaged geographies suffer from PTSD.
The most common mental health disorders amongst African Americans are: PTSD, major depression, suicide ideation & actual suicide, and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).