The Mental Health of Black Women; Walking in Faith Without Looking Where You’re Going
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This Social Action Project (SAP) was created to showcase the mental health disparities that Black women face within the US healthcare system. The literature I used shows blatant disparities within the mental healthcare system that Black women face. Mental healthcare for Black women in the US is sparse, and there needs to be better ways to alleviate this problem. This website was created to tackle this issue and begin to have discussions on the future of the mental healthcare system and its inclusion possibilities. This issue has been going on since the emergence of the mental healthcare system and has caused harm to the Black community for too long. My SAP will hopefully explain why cultural competency within mental health care is essential, as well as other aspects of inclusion healthcare, and raise awareness for Black women to seek treatment.
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