"Truth is powerful and it prevails.” -Sojourner Truth
Why focus on BIPOC communities?
- The discrimination that BIPOC communities face, as well as experiences like internalized racism, negatively affect our mental health.
- BIPOC communities are more likely to put off treatment due to negative past experiences with and/or anticipated negative experiences with healthcare providers.
- EAP clinicians share some of the same racial/ethnic identities as our central demographic, which can help with building the therapy relationship; we also actively practice cultural humility-- which helps sustain the therapy relationship and is connected to more positive therapy outcomes.
Misra, S., et al (2021). Systematic Review of Cultural Aspects of Stigma and Mental Illness among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in the United States: Implications for Interventions. American Journal of Community Psychology, 68, 486-512. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12516
Sattler, F, and Zeyen, J (2021). Intersecting Identities, Minority Stress, and Mental Health Problems in Different Sexual and Ethnic Groups. Stigma and Health, Vol. 6, No. 4, 457–466. ISSN: 2376-6972 https://doi.org/10.1037/sah0000340