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Dance and movement therapy holds promise for treating anxiety and depression, as well as deeper psychological wounds

By Commentaries/Opinions

The COVID-19 pandemic and a growing global refugee crisis have shone a light on the ever-increasing need for new approaches to mental health treatment. By Lana Ruvolo Grasser, The Conversation — A few years ago, framed by the skyline of Detroit, a group of about 15 children resettled as refugees from the Middle East and Africa leapt and twirled around, waving blue, pink and white streamers through the air. The…

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Mary Smith, pictured near her home in Irving, Tex., quit her job to avoid going back to the office after the pandemic.

Many Black women felt relieved to work from home, free from microaggressions. Now they’re told to come back.

By Editors' Choice

By Natachi Onwuamaegbu, Washington Post — After seven years of corporate life, Mary Smith had a routine: putting extra effort into her hair (so as to not appear too Black) and her demeanor (ditto) and her clothes (you can probably guess). But once she got a taste of the work-from-home life during the pandemic, Smith knew she could never go back. Her scalp was free from constraining hairstyles, and she…

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This Is What Racial Trauma Does To The Body And Brain

By Commentaries/Opinions

Racism, injustice and brutality — experienced directly and indirectly — can have a lasting effect on a person’s mental health. By Jillian Wilson, HuffPost In mental health training and treatment, examining the impact of racism on brains and bodies is largely uncharted territory. And while, in recent years, clinicians who advocate for the study of race-based trauma have made strides in promoting this work, most mental health programs still do…

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Pain of police killings ripples outward to traumatize Black people and communities across US

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Denise A. Herd — It’s been one year since George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer set off the largest protests in U.S. history and a national reckoning with racism. Beyond the protests, every police killing – indeed, every violent act by police toward civilians – can have painful and widespread consequences. Each year, U.S. police kill about 1,000 people, which equals approximately 8% of all homicides for adult men. This risk…

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Vantage Point Radio: State of Newark Report • Preparing for Disasters • Community Cares Listening Line

By Community Cares Listening Line News, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

March 1, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with the Hon. Ras J. Baraka, Joseph Muhammad and Dr. Zakiya Newland. Topics: State of Newark Report, Preparing for Disasters, The Community Cares Listening Line. Guests: Hon. Ras J. Baraka, Mayor, Newark, NJ Joseph Muhammad, Co-Chairperson, IBW/BFS Emergency Management Task Force, Virginia Beach, VA Dr. Zakiya Newland, Project Director, IBW/BFS…

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Some experts propose reparations as solution for decades of racial health inequities

By Reparations

“Cash restitution would save lives,” one expert says. By Dr. Divya Chhabra— As COVID-19 exacerbates long standing health inequities affecting the Black population, a growing chorus of experts suggest reparations could help narrow the divide. The concept of government-issued reparations for the descendants of slaves has been discussed for decades, with national figures like Sen. Kamala Harris expressing some level of support. California, Illinois and Washington, D.C., have introduced bills to study how to best implement reparations for historical injustices placed…

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Vantage Point: COVID-19 and Institutional Racism • Community Cares Listening Line “Remix”

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio

Vantage Point Radio July 13, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Zakiya Newland and Leonard Dunston. Topics Community Cares Listening Line for First Responders and Essential Workers COVID-19 and Institutional Racism The Professor on the Soap Box Guests Dr. Zakiya Newland Project Coordinator, Community Cares Listening Line Leonard Dunston Convener IBW21 Black Family Summit, Durham, NC Ways…

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IBW21 Black Family Summit Launches a Listening Line for First Responders & Essential Workers

IBW21 Black Family Summit Launches a Listening Line for First Responders & Essential Workers

By Black Family Summit News, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements

New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century announced that the Black Family Summit, which the organization convenes, has developed a culturally responsive helpline for first responders and essential workers. The Community Cares Listening Line will provide emotional support and resource information in critical areas of need. This initiative seeks to address the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on African Americans and people…

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Helping the Helper: The Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire With a Message to the Nations Essential Workers

By Black Family Summit News, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

A message from the Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, as we at BPA extend well wishes and emotional support to the nation’s essential workers. About BPA The Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA) is also an affiliated organization of IBW21 Black Family Summit The Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA) was created in 1969. The struggles, social conditions of Black Americans, professional experiences, and the barriers faced by black psychiatrists provided the…

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Affordable phone calls for the incarcerated take on new urgency in the pandemic

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Rebekah Barber, Facing South — During this time of pandemic-related social distancing, phone conversations are helping people stay sane and connected. But incarcerated people, who are among the most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, face significant barriers when it comes to accessing phone calls, which are more vital than ever given restrictions on in-person visits. Prison telecommunications is a $1.2 billion industry dominated by Securus Technologies, headquartered in Carrolton, Texas, and Global Tel…

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National Black Nurses Association and the Black Nurses Association, Miami Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2020 with Free Webinar: COVID-19 & Mental Health Consequences

Free Webinar: COVID-19 & Mental Consequences: Tips on How to Improve Mental Health Well-being

By Black Family Summit News, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

National Black Nurses Association and the Black Nurses Association, Miami Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2020 with Free Webinar: COVID-19 & Mental Health Consequences The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges and aggravated existing obstacles to mental health care and well-being. There are multifaceted issues surrounding the pandemic and therefore, nurses nationwide are grappling with an elevated level of overall stress and anxiety. This pandemic also threatens to…

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