BMHA COVID-19 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MARCH 30TH
The seriousness of COVID-19 has widespread implications across the world and especially communities of color. More than 14,000 cases of the of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States and the numbers are climbing. In Maryland, more than 400 cases have been confirmed and those numbers continue to increase. The Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA) is gravely concerned about the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities. The effects of the virus could be compounded for Black communities due to the racial and economic biases in the United States.
BMHA will host an emergency virtual town hall meeting on Monday, March 30, 2020, at 7:00 PM to discuss the collateral consequences of COVID-19 on the mental health of Black people. Join us as we convene public health and policy experts, clinicians and community activists to address the impact on our community.
BMHA believes that members of the Black community must be engaged, their traditions supported, their rituals respected and their trust gained in attempts to reduce chronic stress, clinical depression, high levels of trauma, rising suicide attempts, intragroup violence and other serious mental health disorders. Strength-based traditions grounded in our resiliency have sustained Black people through long periods of hardship imposed by the larger society.