5 Mental Health Programs Making a Difference for Black Youth


Explore Our Galleries

A man stands in front of the Djingareyber mosque on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. 
Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu on February 4 celebrated the recovery of its historic mausoleums, destroyed during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 and rebuilt thanks to UN cultural agency UNESCO.
African Peoples Before Captivity
Shackles from Slave Ship Henrietta Marie
Kidnapped: The Middle Passage
Enslaved family picking cotton
Nearly Three Centuries Of Enslavement
Image of the first black members of Congress
Reconstruction: A Brief Glimpse of Freedom
The Lynching of Laura Nelson_May_1911 200x200
One Hundred Years of Jim Crow
Civil Rights protest in Alabama
I Am Somebody! The Struggle for Justice
Black Lives Matter movement
NOW: Free At Last?
#15-Beitler photo best TF reduced size
Memorial to the Victims of Lynching
hands raised black background
The Freedom-Lovers’ Roll Call Wall
Frozen custard in Milwaukee's Bronzeville
Special Exhibits
Dr. James Cameron
Portraiture of Resistance

Breaking News!

Today's news and culture by Black and other reporters in the Black and mainstream media.

Ways to Support ABHM?

By Aziah Siid, Word In Black

Getting students the support they need at school isn’t always possible, but these organizations are there to help.

Though mental health issues have skyrocketed for Black youth, they may finally get the help they need. (Pexels photo/Nothing Ahead)

Record numbers of adults are experiencing depression — more than 1 in 6 according to Gallup —  and the kids aren’t alright either. Teachers, coaches, parents, and guardians are seeing more and more students unable to concentrate in class, doing poorly on assignments, seeming more irritable than usual, or withdrawing from activities they normally enjoy. 

Indeed, the mental health crisis among Black American youth has reached emergency levels. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mental health problems among Black youth ages 10 to 24 skyrocketed nearly 37% between 2018 and 2021. 

Despite that, getting students the support they need isn’t always easy. In September, Celeste Malone, the immediate past president of the National Association of School Psychologists and associate professor of school psychology at Howard University, told Word In Black “there’s a lack of school-based mental health providers in general. But, acutely, there’s a lack of school-based mental health providers of color.”

Read about the five organizations making a difference in the full article.

The Confess Project offers struggling members of the Black community a safe space in a familiar place.

More Black culture news.

Comments Are Welcome

Note: We moderate submissions in order to create a space for meaningful dialogue, a space where museum visitors – adults and youth –– can exchange informed, thoughtful, and relevant comments that add value to our exhibits.

Racial slurs, personal attacks, obscenity, profanity, and SHOUTING do not meet the above standard. Such comments are posted in the exhibit Hateful Speech. Commercial promotions, impersonations, and incoherent comments likewise fail to meet our goals, so will not be posted. Submissions longer than 120 words will be shortened.

See our full Comments Policy here.

Leave a Comment