Cultural Competence Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

A Year Into COVID-19: Mental Health, Suicide, and Black Youth

July 10, 2021 | Nicole Aue

The suicide death rate has been increasing faster among Black youth and young adults than among other racial/ethnic groups. This report discusses why this might be happening, and possible responses.

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Parenting in Racially and Culturally Diverse Adoptive Families

July 10, 2021 | Nicole Aue

This factsheet for families provides information to help families support their child in developing a healthy racial and cultural identity and live a vibrant multicultural life. It discusses the importance of examining thoughts and biases and preparing a child to live in a society where race has a major impact on individual lives.

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Disrupting the Impacts of Implicit Bias

June 13, 2021 | Nicole Aue

New studies confirm that people’s decisions and behavior are importantly influenced by biases they are not aware of. The best approach for interrupting implicit bias is likely not to try to extinguish individual biases — something research has demonstrated as difficult, if not impossible — but rather to keep those biases from shaping outcomes. Strategies for doing so are described in this article.

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Resources for Talking to Students About Racism and Police Killings

May 9, 2021 | Nicole Aue

To help educators think about how to discuss cases of racism, race-related violence, and police brutality and how to support Black students and other students of color who may be distraught by what they read and see in the media, Education Week has compiled some resources from its archives and elsewhere.

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Racial Disparities in Youth Incarceration Persist

March 15, 2021 | Nicole Aue

In an era of declining youth incarceration, Black and American Indian youth are still overwhelmingly more likely to be held in custody than their white peers.

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The Availability of Peer Support and Disparities in Outpatient Mental Health Service Use Among Minority Youth with Serious Mental Illness

August 3, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This study looked at whether the availability of peer support reduced disparities in use of outpatient mental health services among youth ages 16–24 with serious mental illness in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Researchers found that peer support was generally associated with an increase in use of outpatient mental health services among Black and Latinx youth.

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Black Suicidality and Mental Health #BlackLivesMatter

June 13, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This blog post breaks down some of the factors that go into rates of black suicide among young people, lists some organizations working specifically on Black mental health and provides resources for further education.

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The Trevor Project Releases Mental Health Guide for Black LGBTQ Youth

June 7, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people, has released a guide to supporting Black LGBTQ youth in dealing with the mental health aftermath of recent violence against Black Americans, as well as additional guidance for providers working with Black LGBTQ youth.

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THE MENTAL HEALTH OF BLACK YOUTH: A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH DOES NOT IDENTIFY SUICIDE RISK

March 9, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This report from the Congressional Black Caucus responds to the increasing risk for suicide among black youth.

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New: CLAS Toolkit: Advancing Health Equity and Racial Justice in Children’s Behavioral Health

September 11, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A new resource is available to help child- and family-serving organizations develop their own Health Equity Plans to advance health equity and to reduce racial injustice and health disparities within their organizations, services, and communities. Developed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, CHDI, Beacon Health Options, and Health & Equity, LLC, the toolkit is based on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

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