The Community Health Equity Alliance is focused on improving ways to navigate the complex mental health system for crisis and non-crisis levels of care in various points of system-level intersection, acute, sub-acute and out-patient programs. The navigation tools and directory bring support outreach to diverse practitioners and community ally’s that embrace cultural sensitivity in the areas of mental health advocacy, faith, civic, and provider services committed to improving equitable mental healthcare for Black adults in the United States.
Black adults and communities are experiencing mental health challenges at an unprecedented rate. In fact, only 1 in 3 Black adults in the US who needs mental healthcare receives it and more than half (~57%) of US adults with any mental illness do not receive treatment – this unmet need is greater for communities of color.
It is critical to help guide those seeking mental health care to a healthcare professional.
The navigation tools may help adults living with serious mental illness navigate the mental healthcare system in Houston, knowing when to seek care, where to go, and whom to engage. The navigation tools can be shared in community and through digital and social channels (eg, organization website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn).
The mental healthcare system can feel difficult to navigate. Barriers such as systemic racial disparities, a lack of diversity among healthcare providers, cultural stigma, and the high cost of receiving care can make accessing mental health treatment and services challenging and difficult to navigate. Knowing when to seek care, where to go, and who to engage may help. This navigation resource provides information on accessing care.