In recognizing Black History Month, we at AllOne Health celebrate the contributions from the Black and African American communities to mental health. Because of their leadership, we are better prepared to meet the needs of all our customers.
To learn more, there is a rich list of Black History Month resources compiled from Mental Health America covering a wide range of information:
- Black Pioneers in Mental Health
- A Century of Stigma for Black America and Mental Health
- The 1840 U.S. Census Was Overly Interested in American’s Mental Health
- The Central State Hospital Digital Library and Archives Project
- The Historical Roots of Racial Disparities in the Mental Health System
- The Black Mental Health Alliance
To learn more about the significance of February, the origins of Black History Month, and the theme for 2022, visit the following resources:
- NPR’s “Why is February Black History Month,” by Jonathan Franklin
February was chosen primarily because the second week of the month coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was influential in the emancipation of slaves, and Douglass, a former slave, was a prominent leader in the abolitionist movement, which fought to end slavery.
- 2022 Theme for Black History Month: Black Health and Wellness
The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.