Take a look at these photos from NAMI Contra Costa’s Community Healing Event!

Check out these photos from NAMI Contra Costa’s Community Healing Event for African Americans on Feb. 28. The Black History Month celebration, titled “A Time to Heal: From Pain to Purpose,” was sponsored by Black Minds Matter 2, NAMI California, and the African American Steering Committee for Health and Wellness.

During the event, community members and leaders discussed the variety of challenges and recommendations for overcoming the systemic barriers posed by institutional racism that impact mental healthcare for African American communities across California. Topics discussed included the overuse of restrictive practices and over prescription of the strongest medications for African Americans, the impact of institutionalized racism on the mental health of the community, and the challenges navigating the public mental health system while also encountering discrimination at the state, local and community level.

NAMI California will release a detailed analysis of themes and recommendations of participants in our upcoming Annual State of the Community Report for Diverse Communities this year. Be sure to check out the report for this analysis and many other explorations into best practices for serving the mental health needs of California’s diverse communities.

NAMI California would like to thank the Center of Hope Community Church for donating their space for community members!