A Beautiful Mind Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) grantmaking public charity based in Hyattsville, MD, is rooted in the knowledge that while the stigma linked to mental illness is beginning to wane, the support many people need to manage their symptoms is not always easy to access. This is especially true for people of color who face systemic, linguistic, and other culturally-specific challenges that often delay or prevent those in need from receiving proper mental health treatment.
In September 2019 the supporters of
A Beautiful Mind Foundation began laying the groundwork to address mental health challenges present in communities of color, including cultural differences and the broad gaps in research that result in the omission of data that may impact pharmaceutically-based mental health treatment protocols for some racial and ethnic groups.
To positively impact lives by investing in culturally competent mental health services that educate, enlighten and empower
our diverse community.
A Beautiful Mind Foundation operates with a vision that is two-fold:
1. To drive positive change in how mental health is managed in racially diverse communities by providing grants that encourage organizations to create culturally competent mental health education programs and services;
2. To significantly narrow the prison pipeline by helping communities of color identify those who need help before they reach a crisis and guide them to treatment, hopefully saving them from a potential lifetime of incarceration, addiction, homelessness or premature death.
Cultural competence is the ability to relate effectively to individuals from various groups and backgrounds. Culturally competent services respond to the unique needs of members of minority populations and are also sensitive to the ways in which people with disabilities experience the world.
Generally, rates of mental disorders among people in most ethnic minority groups are similar to rates for Caucasians. However, members of minority populations are more likely to experience factors – such as racism, discrimination, violence and poverty – that may exacerbate mental illnesses.
Within the behavioral health system, cultural competence must be a guiding principle, so that services are culturally sensitive and provide culturally appropriate prevention, outreach, assessment and intervention.
- Cultural Competence in Mental Health
The UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration
Achieving cultural competence requires the participation of racially and ethnically diverse groups and underserved populations in the development and implementation of treatment approaches and training activities.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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A Beautiful Mind Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Your generous donation will help fund our mission to support culturally competent mental health services designed to improve the lives of everyone in our community.
Do you or a loved one need mental health support?
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
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