SAMHSA DTAC February 2024 Bulletin- Black and African American Disaster Behavioral Health

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Feb 14, 2024, 9:37:14 AMFeb 14
Greetings members,

Below we are sharing the content from the most recent SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin, focused on Black and African American Disaster Behavioral Health.

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Black and African American Disaster Behavioral Health

Each year in February, Black History Month casts a spotlight on Black and African American communities; their foundational contributions, which help form the core of U.S. identity today; and their demonstration of remarkable resilience and unwavering determination. Despite the implications of historical trauma, experiences of bias and discrimination, and disparities in behavioral health care, these communities continue to work to forge a brighter future. Work to support and respond to Black communities impacted by disaster can help make more equitable behavioral health access and care a tangible reality.

The following resources are dedicated to fostering an improved understanding of historical challenges in behavioral health care and quality to promote an equitable and inclusive path within the disaster behavioral health field for Black and African American communities.

How Do We Lift the Burdens of History? Opportunities for the Behavioral Health FieldSurvey Image

Developed by the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, this fact sheet details the impact of history on African Americans and their experiences of disparities within the behavioral health field. It highlights the historical burdens of trauma, losses, and betrayal, and offers modern approaches to reduce the disparity gap and foster trust within Black communities.

Considerations to Improve Services for Black/African American Individuals with Disabilities and Mental Health ConcernsSurvey Image

This fact sheet, developed by the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center, provides valuable insights into the challenges faced by Black and African American individuals with disabilities when seeking mental health services. It addresses the distinct issues in access and quality of care, offering practical recommendations for healthcare professionals to enhance mental health services and reduce disparities within Black and African American communities.

Black Mental HealthSurvey Image

Provided by the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, this web page offers guidance for prioritizing mental health within Black communities. It encourages Black communities to maintain their mental well-being by providing actionable recommendations for self-care and supporting other community members in need of help. The web page links to additional resources and organizations focused on Black mental health.

Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Black Children and Youth: A Toolkit for PractitionersSurvey Image

Tailored for mental health practitioners, this toolkit details the complexities faced by African American children and youth in the realm of mental health. It enlightens practitioners about the historical and cultural factors impacting the well-being of young African Americans and equips professionals with strategies to enhance their support, including addressing historical trauma, racial trauma, and the issue of suicide among Black youth.

Practical Strategies for Communities and Providers Engaging in the African American CommunitySurvey Image

This infographic highlights ongoing efforts by communities and behavioral health providers to tackle disparities in behavioral health care for African American communities. It provides an overview of the approaches employed by both communities and behavioral health professionals to enhance treatment options and outcomes for Black communities.

If you have any questions or if you would like additional information, please reach out to the SAMHSA DTAC team at 1-800-308-3515 or via e-mail at

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