Tools to Help Black Youth Navigate Mental Wellness

Only 1 in 3 African Americans who need mental health care receive it.

Source: Mental Health America

It is important to acknowledge how race, culture, and background impact our mental health. Over the past few months, Blacks everywhere have been trying to survive COVID-19's devastating attack on our communities, while processing layers of generational and personal trauma shaped by race-related stressors such as economic inequality, police brutality, criminal injustice, and more. Mental health experts warn about the negative emotional and psychological effects the current state of society will have on the Black community. Yet, our access to aid continues to be limited.

Our Mission

Our mission is to connect Black young adults with therapeutic resources that help inform and improve their mental health in pursuit of a better quality of life.

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Facts

Black youth who are exposed to violence are at a greater risk for PTSD by over 25% American Psychological Association.
Blacks/African Americans are less likely than white people to die from suicide at all ages but Black and African American young adults ages 18 to 25 are more likely to attempt suicide than White teenagers (9.8 percent v. 6.1 percent). Source: CDC, 2019
63% of African Americans believe that a mental health condition is a personal sign of weakness. Nursing Research
In 2018, 58.2% of Black/African American young adults 18-25 with serious mental illness did NOT receive treatment. Source: CDC, 2019
Depression rates for Black/African American youth ages 18-25 rose from 6.1% to 9.4% between 2015 and 2018. Source: SAMHSA, 2018
Suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts are also rising among Black/African American young adults aged 18-25:
  • 9.5% (439,000) had serious thoughts of suicide in 2018, compared to 6% (277,000) in 2008.
  • 3.6% (166,000) made a plan in 2018, compared to 2.1% (96,000) in 2008,
  • 2.4% (111,000) made an attempt in 2018 to 1.5% (70,000) in 2008.
Source: SAMHSA, 2018
Nearly 90 percent of Black and African American people over the age of 12 with a substance use disorder did NOT receive treatment.Source CDC, 2019
11.5% of Black and African Americans (compared to 7.5% of white Americans) were uninsured in 2018. Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

Source:Mental Health America

About G Herbo

Quietly putting up over 1 billion streams and attracting widespread critical acclaim, G Herbo emerged as one of the Windy City's most important presences and a voice for hip-hop at large. He hailed from the notorious Chicago neighborhood of “Terror Town” and went on to drop one explosive project after another beginning with Ballin Like I’m Kobe in 2016. In the aftermath, he lifted himself up to the top of the charts with Humble Beast, which vaulted into the Top 25 of the Billboard Top 200 in 2017. He ascended to unparalleled critical peaks on 2018’s Swervo with Southside. It clinched #15 on the Top 200 and bowed in the Top 10 on the Top Rap Albums Chart and Top 10 on the Top R&B Hip-Hop Albums Chart. Boasting collaborations with Gunna “Trained To Kill (Big Body Whips)” and the late legend Juice WRLD “Never Scared,” 2019’s Still Swervin maintained his momentum followed by Sessions at the end of the year. Kicking off the new decade and serving up a definitive statement, G Herbo unleashed his anxiously awaited PTSD album. In March, it bowed at #7 on the Billboard Top 200. Maintaining this momentum, the latest smash “PTSD” [feat. Juice WRLD, Lil Uzi Vert, & Chance the Rapper] has gone gold and the world awaits to see what G Herbo accomplishes next.