The African-American Faith-Based Mental Health (AAFBMH) education initiative seeks to increase the awareness and perceptions of mental health, recovery and wellness in African American communities.
Although one in four individuals will experience a mental health condition during his or her lifetime, studies show that only half of African American adults experiencing mental health conditions seek treatment. In times of emotional distress, evidence has shown African Americans draw support from their faith, family and communities.
Faith communities thus have a crucial role to play in addressing mental health recovery and wellness. The AAFBMH initiative has created a Resource Library to provide information to help faith leaders’ better support their congregants and families who are facing mental health challenges.