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    By Dianne Anderson Suicide rising among Black boys and men is a hard conversation to have, seemingly harder if the answer requires more money to Black organizations to provide community-based resources, and the political will to get it done. Mental health providers are calling on community participation to shed light on some of the reasons ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Years in and out of juvie, small scale drug use, a lack of accountability or soft skills are all part of the perfect storm that lands Black men or women on the streets or in jail, but it’s not their whole story. Looking at those caught up in the system, Michael Wahome ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Sr Natl Correspondent For the first time, research has revealed tangible evidence demonstrating how decades of systemic inequities in mental healthcare have yielded significantly worse outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities, marginalized and under-resourced populations. Released on Sept. 7 by Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine, ...
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    By Dianne Anderson How to buy groceries, gas, and – for those who still have a home – keep the air conditioning on during the two-month scorching heatwave, are among the root causes of mental illness for the hard-hit low-income Black and Brown community. It’s getting on people’s nerves. Health Advocate Linda Hart sees a ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Provided that the community and grassroots organizations know that it exists, the new 988 hotline – similar to 911 – goes live this week to help callers in mental health crises with intervention. The state of California received $20 million to help get more staffing into existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Watching how someone got over their addiction and incarceration may be just enough to help get others to rise above the huge obstacles that await them. Such is the case with Owen Duckworth, who was formerly incarcerated, realized what landed him in the system in the first place, and what it would ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Sr Natl Correspondent According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates among teenagers rose almost 60 percent from 2007 to 2018. The CDC and other federal agencies describe a crisis that includes surging mental health disorders among the country’s young. For example, major depressive episodes in ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Some of the more popular advice that Kayla Booker remembers hearing all the way up through adulthood never panned out for most people she saw in her community, herself included. Going to college, buying a house, and having a family looked good in theory, but seemed out of reach for her generation. ...
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    By Joe W. Bowers Jr. California Black Media For Tony Thurmond, California’s African American State Superintendent of Public Instruction, American public education will never be the same after experiencing what it has over the last two years. “The pandemic really did put a spotlight on places where there were big holes and gaps and inequities,” ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Meetings with over 15 pastors that are part of the Long Beach Ministerial Alliance, and pastors around the nation continue standing together in prayer and forgiveness as local Pastor Ivan Pitts now recovers from a recent stabbing. The February 24 violent rampage that happened in the driveway of Pastor Pitts’ home in ...