With inequality plaguing communities around the globe, there’s a fierce urgency to invest in change from the ground up. Impact Experience builds bridges and deep relationships between impact investors, foundations, entrepreneurs, artists, and local leaders to co-create solutions with marginalized communities. By invitation, Impact Experience partners with communities on an even playing field to generate trust, enhance strategy, and drive impact.
In this Impact Experience, The Steve Fund was proud to partner with Impact Experience to tackle this issue in the Bay Area. A guiding question for our engagement was how can we create action-oriented, proactive initiatives to support the mental health and emotional well-being of Bay Area youth of color?
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Task Force workgroup on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health on which The Steve Fund is represented led a study on suicide and suicide attempts in black youth. Dr. Michael Lindsey, Dr. Sean Joe, and Dr. Arielle Sheftall co-authored the report.
To view the published paper, click here.
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey reacted to the report via Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation on MSNBC over the weekend.
See video below:
In May 2019, The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) launched an Emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health to bring attention to the rising suicide rate among black children and to identify legislative recommendations.
Dr. Annelle Primm, Senior Medical Director, represents The Steve Fund on a working group of experts and stakeholders that supports this new task force.
Dr. Sean Joe, a co-author of the paper on suicide and suicide attempts in black youth, was a speaker and collaborator on The Steve Fund’s YGAR Conference Series at Washington University in St. Louis in 2016.
The Steve Fund has created a special keyword, STEVE, that young people of color can text to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7. The Fund views text messaging as a key component of its strategy towards addressing the unmet mental health needs of college and university students of color. Through its partnership with the Crisis Text Line, the Fund promotes text messaging as a means to improve the critically needed access for young people of color to crisis counseling.
What you can do
- If you are a young person of color who is feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious, please know you can text STEVE to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
- If you know young persons of color who are feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious, please let them know they can text STEVE to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
Help us Spread the Word: World Mental Health Day Twitter Chat on 10/10 @ 3:30PM ET #MHDChat
Meet our students where they spend much of their time—on social media—to discuss the topic of mental health. To support mental health and emotional wellness for students of color, @TheSteveFund has joined forces with leaders in the collegiate and youth mental health space, including @EVERFI, @jedfoundation, @active_minds, and @healthymindsnet, to co-host a student-focused Twitter chat on October 10th from 3:30-4:30 PM ET. Through a dynamic, facilitated discussion, we will give students a safe space to voice the challenges they face related to their mental health and how they think institutions can help. Students can participate in the chat by searching the hashtag #MHDChat
Diverse Magazine recently published an article (September 19, 2019 issue of Diverse) highlighting mental health services that support the mental health and emotional well-being of college students of color. The article features insights from Jacqueline L. Caskey-James, Director of Student Health and Counseling at Fort Valley State, an HBCU in Georgia, and Annelle B. Primm, M.D., MPH, former deputy medical director of the American Psychiatric Association and the senior medical adviser to the Steve Fund.
“Reflecting on her own college experience, Caskey-James adds: “Some of the same kinds of behaviors that our students are experiencing today were happening when I was a student here. We just kept quiet about them,” even when the pressure and fear that came with being the first person in the family to go to college overwhelmed and worrying about making the grade and making ends meet kept you up at night. Primm says these are the kinds of stressors, situations and behaviors that can contribute to a host of psychological and physical ailments in students.”
—DiverseEducation.com | Read more.