Black Women's Mental Health: It Takes Courage to Ask for Help!

Depression can be as sneaky as a sucker punch; you often don't see it coming. A variety of circumstances put Black women at high risk for mental and emotional stress - economic insecurity, responsibilities of caregiving, neighborhood violence, lack of social support and physical illness or disability. As a result, many are plagued by tension, anxiety, worry and fear. Because of the powerful and complex links between the mind, emotions and body, chronic states of stress and anxiety can have dangerous and sometime fatal, health consequences. In addition, the daily struggles of coping with racism and sexism further exacerbate mental and emotional stress.

June 2009 Issue Guide & Events

While May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, CABWHP believes that every month should be Foster Care Awareness Month. Of the more than 513,000 children in foster care in the United States, nearly 75,000 live in California and an overwhelming 27% of California's foster children are Black. With almost 40% of Black children referred to child welfare services in 2006, the Black community must ask why our children are being referred to (and placed in) the system at such alarming rates. This issue greatly impacts the health and well-being of Black women and our families. There are new policy developments in foster care on both the state and federal levels that will help improve outcomes for the young people and families directly impacted by foster care.