The Black Brain Campaign (BBC) will host its annual Mental Health Awareness Weekend on October 12th and 13th. All event processds support BBC programming throughout the year.
The weekend kicks off with BBC's inaugural Green Tie Gala on Saturday, October 12th from 7PM to 11PM at the IATSE Ballroom with dinner and dancing. On Sunday, October 13th at Bartram Gardens from 10AM - 1PM, we will gather for our 2nd Annual Green Sock Walk!
Our mission is to eradicate the stigma of mental health in the black community. Our vision to advocate for mental health through education, resources, and lobbying for overall mental health equality.
African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Due to unmet needs and other barriers, such as poverty, alcoholism, violence and previous traumatic experiences. African Americans experience certain factors that increase their risk for developing a mental health disorder.
Some of the major disorders commonly experienced by African Americans include Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Major Depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If untreated, these disorders can cause one to contemplate suicide. African Americans have a misconception about mental health and are often unable to recognize the symptoms associated with mental health conditions.
Rarely are African Americans provided with the benefits of treatment and often use faith, religion and spirituality as a means of treatment. Although, having faith and a spiritual relationship can provide some emotional support, medical and mental health treatment is often necessary.