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.

Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009 Issue Guide

If Black America was a sovereign nation it would rank 88th in infant mortality and 105th in life expectancy. Black America would also rank 16th worldwide in the number of people living with HIV.  African American women only make up 12 percent of the United States' population but account for 66 percent of new HIV infections.  The face of HIV/AIDS in America is becoming browner, younger, and more female.  Advocates and policymakers are challenging the U.S. government to heighten its efforts to fight the war on AIDS.  The FDA's recent approval of the new female condom is a step in the right direction.  We must also fund HIV-prevention efforts designed specifically for African-Americans.  Overall, we must change how the government and health organizations approach HIV-prevention efforts.

Double Your Impact: Make Change Happen!

2008 has been a historic year for our country and for CABWHP!  For the first time, we concurrently conducted our Advocate Training Program in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.  In addition, we launched the pilot of our Young Women's Initiative through which we are training young women ages 18-30 to be health policy advocates and activists.  As a result, by the end of 2009 we will have trained a total of nearly one hundred (100) women through our groundbreaking program!

We know times are hard but we need your donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more to be able to continue our work to improve the health of Black women and girls.

Thank you for supporting us and believing in our work.
Have a safe, healthy and peaceful holiday season!