Record numbers of adults are experiencing depression — more than 1 in 6 according to Gallup — and the kids aren’t alright either. Teachers, coaches, parents, and guardians are seeing more and more students unable to concentrate in class, doing poorly on assignments, seeming more irritable than usual, or withdrawing from activities they normally enjoy.
Indeed, the mental health crisis among Black American youth has reached emergency levels. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mental health problems amoung Black youth ages 10 to 24 skyrocketed nearly 37% between 2018 and 2021.
Despite that, getting students the support they need isn’t always easy. In September, Celeste Malone, the immediate past president of the National Association of School Psychologists and associate professor of school psychology at Howard University, told Word In Black “there’s a lack of school-based mental health providers in general. But, acutely, there’s a lack of school-based mental health providers of color.”
Fortunately, organizations nationwide are stepping up to help. Here are five making a difference for Black youth: