Home Health BIPOC Mental Health Coalition formed to address racial disparities in mental health

BIPOC Mental Health Coalition formed to address racial disparities in mental health

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A Dane County-funded coalition has launched an initiative that looks to address racial disparities in mental health among BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) populations. This first-of-its-kind initiative was launched at the beginning of July, which is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month.

The BIPOC Mental Health Coalition has the specific aim to not only create an affinity space to address such disparities among those identifying as BIPOC but also to support community agencies in their efforts to address the mental health needs of these populations, according to a press release from RISE Wisconsin.

The Coalition was created in 2023 by leaders from RISE Wisconsin and Journey Mental Health Center and the initial funding was provided by Dane County. Since its formation, the Coalition has officially held its first three meetings and has several notable community members and organizations join its Lead Advisory Group to address the issues confronting BIPOC mental health and substance use.

The Advisory Group is co-facilitated by RISE and Journey and is comprised of BIPOC leaders committed to community well-being and includes individuals with lived experience as participants in mental health systems.

For more information about the BIPOC Mental Health Coalition, click here.