Mental Health and Communities of Color: From Stigma to Solutions

Experts widely report that mental health treatment in Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) communities is severely lacking. Cultural differences and misunderstandings lead to diagnostic problems and hesitancy to seek treatment. The National Alliance on Mental Illness found that Black adults are more likely to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress than white adults, yet only one in three Black Americans who needs support gets it. Latinx, Asian and Indigenous people similarly have poor access to quality mental health services. BIPOC youth are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system, with their needs untreated. And the age of COVID has amplified the depth of these disparities and the ongoing systematic inequities for people of color.
How can medical professionals, government and the private sector work together in this challenging time to improve conditions and treatment as well as eliminate stigma for those needing care? ZSFG Psychiatry Chief Dr. Lisa Fortuna will moderate and address solutions. San Francisco Human Rights Commission Director Sheryl Davis will focus on the impact of COVID-19 and racism across different populations. YMCA President Emeritus Chuck Collins will provide community context based on his work with varied populations over the years. And youth activist Nicole Elmore will discuss her personal experiences.
Join this compelling conversation featuring health, community and human rights perspectives.

Featured speakers:

  • Chuck Collins, president emeritus, San Francisco YMCA
  • Sheryl Davis, executive director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Nicole Elmore, community youth activist and program assistant, Opportunities for All
  • Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, MDiv, professor and vice chair, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences; chief of psychiatry, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
  • Rona Hu, MD, clinical professor and associate dean, Dept. of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine

This is an online-only program; you must pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.
This program is part of the Commonwealth Club’s series on mental health, dedicated in memory of Nancy Friend Pritzker, with support from the John Pritzker Family Fund.

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Wednesday, March 10 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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