The Mission and Work of BMHA: The primary mission of the BMHA is to provide a trusted forum to lead and promote a holistic, culturally relevant approach to the development and maintenance of whole health, mental health programs and services for African Americans and vulnerable communities.
Black Mental Health Alliance for Education & Consultation, Inc. (BMHA) is a 30 year regional social advocacy and membership non-profit organization providing a trusted forum to lead and promote culturally relevant approaches to behavioral health access, quality and integration. BMHA actively engages healthcare professional members through an expansive database of culturally competent and community and patient centered licensed mental health clinicians. BMHA is poised to provide leadership and a cadre of subject matter experts in this field.
BMHA is a unique and well-rounded organization that has a history of direct service provision, including school based mental health services, tobacco education and prevention, fatherhood initiatives, summer camp and afterschool programs, and HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives; and hosting trainings that include historical and race-based trauma informed care; structural racism; cultural competence; mental health stigma; social determinants of health; and dealing with mental health/illness in the faith based community.
"Kasserian Ingera?" ("How are the Children?")
Imagine a world in which Black children can walk the streets without fear. A world in which all Black children know how truly beautiful, lovable, capable, and worthy they are—a world in which Black children are safe, valued, and free to soar.
Together, we can create that new world, but only if we free ourselves and our children from the burdensome and, too-often deadly, stereotypes grounded in the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority.
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Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. - African proverb
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - African Proverb
“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” -Zora Neale Hurston
Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. -James Baldwin
- “[This culture] of oppression has taken a tremendous toll on the minds and bodies of black people.” - Dr. Alvin Poussaint & Amy Alexander