WHO WE ARE
The African-American Faith-Based Mental Health 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.
In October 2014, the Hogg Foundation awarded $946,600 in grants to faith-based organizations throughout the state of Texas for African American Mental Health Education over three years.
The goals of this initiative are to:
- Build on the unique strengths of churches and other faith-based organizations in African American communities.
- Identify and connect congregants with local behavioral resources for treatment and support.
- Support faith leaders in addressing their own mental wellness.
We are a movement of churches working together to increase the awareness and perceptions of mental health, recovery and wellness in African American communities. Giving God all the glory he deserves.