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.

ACTION ALERT! Join Women and Communities United to Save California's Safety Net!

Women of color organizations across California have united to fight to preserve vital health and human services that are being threatened with cuts and/or elimination by the Governor and Legislature.

We need YOU to send a clear message to California's Leadership to take our communities' concerns into consideration as they negotiate the 2008-09 State Budget by signing on to the attached letter. 

Your voice matters!!! 

Please join allies throughout the state and sign-on to the letter below by Friday, July  18, 2008.  This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and urge our Leaders to pass a fair and balanced budget that will not burden our most vulnerable communities!

Take action NOW!