Black gay men and men­tal health jus­tice

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

HIV fun­ders should con­vene learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties that can help us bet­ter un­der­stand the im­pact of men­tal health on HIV pre­ven­tion, treat­ment and care.

LGBT fun­ders must bet­ter un­der­stand men­tal health out­comes among black gay men in the larger con­text of LGBT health.

A na­tional sum­mit of di­verse stake­hold­ers from across the coun­try must be held to grap­ple with th­ese is­sues.

A move­ment com­mit­ted to men­tal health jus­tice has to be built on our col­lec­tive as­sets, and our great­est as­set is our cul­ture. We must use our cul­ture in the ser­vice of our heal­ing.

Taken to­gether, th­ese goals may not com­pletely rid us of the mul­ti­ple ways op­pres­sion im­pacts our men­tal heath and emo­tional well­ness, but it at least will begin mov­ing us in that di­rec­tion.

April 17, 2015

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