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July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

By: April Green/Senior Editor

Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC ) populations can face giant differences in the accessibility of quality mental health care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reported that racial and ethnic minority businesses within the U.S. Are more likely to be uninsured, more likely to seek emergency departments services, much less possibly to gain access to mental wellness services, less probable to use network mental health support, and much more likely to acquire decreased quality care.

July marks BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month which shines a light on the awesome struggles that underrepresented populations face with mental health needs in the United States. Many are embarrassed to seek helo for a fear of being shamed.BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month provides an opportunity to destigmatize speaking about mental health needs, and substance abuse problems. By focusing on this issue in July and all year round we can help close the gap of inequality of services in marginalized communities and fight stereotypes that keep those in the BIPOC community from receiving services.

To highlight some of the unique subject matters of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, including the stigma of mental illness, access to treatment, and resources read below:

  1. Mental Health Stigma
    Minority groups automatically have limitations to getting help if they are trying to find treatment. When it comes to supporting marginalized communities’ ability to navigate life with a mental health condition, a number one reason for the roadblocks is different forms of cultural/social stigma.

For instance, in some BIPOC communities, one stigma is that seeking mental health support means you’re “crazy” or “weak.” Also, a loss of access to culturally capable mental health experts who can meet BIPOC clients’ needs often prevents those suffering from seeking care.

  1. Access to Treatment
    BIPOC communities experience racism or discrimination in therapeutic settings and language barriers among providers due to a loss of cultural competence amongst organizations that provide care. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) stresses the significance of obtaining a culturally aware provider.

When seeking support, you can ask potential mental health health care providers about their schooling and background to get a higher sense of whether or not or not you want to work with them. You may want to ask the following.

Have you had any cultural competence schooling?

Are you inclined to consist of my values and cultural beliefs into my care?

Do you have experience treating persons from my cultural background?

  1. Available Resources
    Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity. However, way of life, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation can make getting mental health treatment lots tougher. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) is an excellent place to start to study more about mental wellness and ways to support and bring awareness to your community.

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Holistic Tips For Building A Stronger Immune System Against Covid-19

Since I was a little girl I’ve been a die hard fanatic of fried chicken, I mean I could literally eat it everyday, not quite sure what the high in cholesterol, oily, magic meat did for me but but boy did it do it!! Even as a vegetarian today smelling the hypnotic smell of its potent fragrance, with in conjunction to the sound of its sizzling patterns from the frying pan can send me straight into a frenzy storming out the front of any kitchen door in extreme frustration, weak in temptation, and fully engaged in a conscious battle between the unhealthy devil on the left side of my shoulder and the little angel full of life and vitality on the right.

Nonetheless, in today’s time I’ve more so been wondering why haven’t so many other minorities and people with comprised immunity’s haven’t switched over to a meatless diet with less salt and starch? Especially with the media constantly announcing the heightened risk of limited survival of Covid-19 for those with comprised or weak immune systems. There are a number of things we can do to boost our immunity, one that doesn’t get a lot of widespread media is fasting, fasting rebuilds and regenerates cells, fasting adds years on your life, fasting also detoxify’s the body and blood, and is also known for curing and riding the body of all kinds of illness’es and diseases. I’m going on my second year of fasting, some would call my methods of fasting extreme as I like to fast generally twice a month on periods of 5 day increments. If you find this to be a bit much (because it is in the beginning) I definitely had my fair share of trail and errors, you can try intermediate fasting, which one example is leaving a 8 hour window open for meals with hours consisting of 1 pm -9 pm and using the rest of the 16 hours of your day to fast. The beautiful thing about fasting is it’s versatility, you can incorporate any type of method to your fast you’d like!

Also, another great tip on building up immunity is incorporating essential oils into your daily regime, eucalyptus, frankincense, and oregano are some of the top essentials oils for reducing inflammation, extensive scientific study’s have found a direct link between Frankincense’s ability to lower inflammation and an enhanced immunity.

Inflammation is just your body’s way of formulating illness. Heart disease, and respiratory infections are all just a over flow of inflammation to those specific parts of the body, even dementia is caused by inflammation in the brain. Eucalyptus might be my fave out of all three, not only does it provide instant relief, but it also provides a soothing calming effect especially good for balancing better sleep patterns. The secret to its effectiveness is a compound called 1, 8-cineole, which has powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, and anti-bacterial properties. Oregano is just as powerful as it is a natural antibiotic, it also lowers cholesterol, and it also known for its ability to prevent cold symptoms from worsening. Balancing a healthy diet full of vitamin c is also in essential in balancing immunity. Believe it or not I haven’t had a cold in close to 4 years! Long before this pandemic I’ve incorporated protecting my hands when touching public doors and gas pumps etc.

Holistic healing is somewhat something that is whispered amongst the African American Community, mainly due to the media and big pharmaceutical company’s ideology’s against it. Please leave a comment below and share your own at home remedy’s for a healthier us!!!!!

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