Just like most major events that occur annually, Black History Month also celebrates with a specific theme which changes every year. This year’s theme is Black Health and Wellness.
According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), “the 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well”.
“This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (eg, birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc) throughout the African Diaspora,” ASALH says.
I’m also kin about this theme because it’s a known fact that black lives aren’t taken as seriously as they should especially in the health sector. Asides facilities not being made available for Black people, most black parents don’t even believe in counseling, therapy and protecting one’s mental health.
I’ll be sharing 5 foundations that help support the health and wellness of black people especially women and kids. 🤍
They address health issues affecting Black women and girls in the U.S. They hold programs and advocates health-promoting policies to improve the health and wellness for women of the Black community.
This organization is run by a group of people ranging from therapists, psychologists, teachers and lawyers who are committed to promoting emotional and mental health in the Black community. Their vision is a “world with no barriers to Black healing” through education, training, advocacy and arts.
This is an online community that helps connect Black Women and Girls to therapists and promote wellness. They provide mental health resources and shed more light on therapy in order to reduce the stigma that surrounds it.
This is an organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LGBTQ young people under 25. Part of their mission as a crisis counseling organization is to support and uplift the mental health of Black queer youth across the United States.
An organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Black women and girls through multifaceted education, civic engagement, and policy work. Workshops on sex education, voting guidance, environmental justice, and healthy cooking are also provided for young Black women.
This concludes this year’s series on Black History Month! I hope you enjoyed this post and the series. Like I said in this first post, this is a continuous series which means every year I would be celebrating Black History Month in several ways on my blog.
I hope next year I come up with more interesting and creative posts.
Thank you for reading!
What are your thoughts on mental health? Which was your favorite post in the BHM’22 series?