Did you know that 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year? Or, that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34? Black and Latinx youth may experience even higher rates of some psychiatric distress due to a number of environmental challenges that place them at risk, including a lack of access to mental health services.
Too often, it seems like mental health and well-being is perceived to be something that only a privileged few get to achieve. We don't believe this -- and neither does our guest Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble. She’s the founder of the mental health nonprofit The AAKOMA Project, which provides mental health outreach and care for youth of color.
Given that 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24, the team has its work cut out for them. In this Coach Chat episode, Coach Colette talks with Dr. Alfiee about the mental health issues that young adults are facing, particularly in marginalized communities. As a psychologist and researcher, she presents strategies to help reduce mental health disparities in underserved populations. The two also discuss how to combat cultural stigmas and normalize the conversation around mental health across different generations.
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