• Hurricane Katrina not only devastated lives and property, but also the mental health of both low-income and Black communities.

  • Research from The Center of Disease Control states that more than 50% of New Orleans residents showed signs of needing mental health assistance. 

  • A study from the National Institutes of Health also found that many Black New Orleanians showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder following the storm.

  • The Black community was hit the hardest following budget cuts and closures to several mental health facilities by former Governor Bobby Jindal. 

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  • Mental illness is often overlooked in the Black community.

  • African Americans make up 13.2% of the U.S. population. Of those, 16% had a diagnosable illness.. that's over 6.8 million people!

  • The Black community as a whole has suffered tremendously in this country. We rarely discuss the psychological effects that racism may cause.

  • Constant visual exposure can cause trauma. Think about how many times we have watched a video of a Black person being murdered by police, then had to close the app and go back to serving as a functioning member of society.

  • "Racial trauma" can affect those that are directly or indirectly exposed to racial harassment, racial violence, and/or institutional racism. 

  • Black people in New Orleans are not only exposed to the threat of racial trauma,  but trauma resulting from Hurricane Katrina as well.

 

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