Mental health providers and startups acknowledge that Black Americans have experienced mental health stresses in individual, nuanced ways, therefore care approaches cannot be monolithic. To provide mental health care in the overall Black community, a specialized touch is necessary, experts and industry players say.
"Over the last two years, we've been faced with a dual pandemic of COVID as well as heightened awareness around racism and anti-Blackness," said Dr. Christin Drake, clinical associate professor and vice chair for diversity and equity in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health. "However, the mental health stresses are felt differently by the Black community across socioeconomic strata, and our approach to care must reflect that nuance."
Crafting solutions for mental health challenges has to account for not just socioeconomic status but also immigration status and even geography, said Naiylah Warren, therapist and clinical content manager at Real, a digital platform addressing mental health and wellness.