Minority Mental Health Matters with Dr. Eliza Belle
Dr. Eliza Belle is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Forensic Examiner. She currently serves as the Director of Psychological and Behavioral Services for Alabama’s Department of Mental Health.
Let’s talk about discrepancies in mental health treatment between minorities and non-minorities.
20% of African American adults are more likely to experience more negative impacts from mental health issues. However, they are less likely to receive it due to misdiagnosis, lack of culturally responsive health care professionals, and socioeconomic factors.
18% of US adults have a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, and approximately 4% of adults have a serious mental illness.
Mental disorders are among the topmost costly health conditions for adults 18 to 64 in the U.S., along with cancer and trauma-related disorders.
Black people with mental health conditions, particularly schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and other psychoses are more likely to be incarcerated than people of other races.
Dr. Eliza Belle Mental Health Tips:
How to Relax
Visualization – Close your eyes and picture your peaceful place
Deep breathing – Take a few minutes to slowly breathe in and out. Deep breaths for the win.
Meditation – This will allow you to focus on your body, thoughts, and surroundings.
Unplug – set boundaries for communication, use of devices, and response to requests of your time.
Deep Breaths – Controlled breathing is your body’s built-in calming system. When things feel overwhelming, take a moment to take deep breaths and exhale. This will calm your heart rate and allow you a moment to reset.
Get Up & Move – Adjusting your posture and movement can change your brain’s signals and help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.
Journal – Journaling allows you to process events, identify what is causing you stress and clarify your feelings. It is a great tool to help gain self-awareness in stressful situations.
Talk to a Loved One -Speaking with someone allows you to express your feelings. It also allows an unbiased party the opportunity to introduce an alternative perspective.