In 2016, I had an idea to conduct a survey to gain a better understanding of Black men’s access to healthcare and our engagement with the healthcare system. Through a combination of online surveys, 1-on-1 interviews, and focus groups, I was able to gather data from over 300 Black men ages 18-70 across the country. Overwhelmingly, we learned there is an immediate need and demand for mental health services designed specifically for Black men and boys; meaning “trauma-informed” efforts that acknowledge the unique lived experiences of Black men. Through this process I also witnessed the viability of barbershops as venues to disseminate education, train barbers on the basics of mental health and stigma, and function as a bridge to Black clinicians. This led to the launch of @trapmedicine.
⏩ Fast forward to today. When I read about the work @tarajiphenson
were embarking upon through the #borislawrencehensonfoundation
, I was excited to see an explicit focus on young people, stigma, and expanding the number of Black mental health providers. More importantly though, it’s great to see this issue being discussed on platforms such as @breakfastclubam
that reach the audiences who stand to benefit the most from conversations we have swept under the rug for too long.
As someone working diligently to become one of the FEW Black male physicians with dual training in adolescent psychiatry and pediatrics, I think it’s critically important we celebrate and DONATE to causes that help support organizations doing very difficult work.
Now excuse me while I shoot my shot at some funding 💰🏀🏀🏀💰@tarajiphenson
what up doe? #tagTaraji
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