Overview

In 2014, Mental Health America (MHA), a national community-based nonprofit, performed a national study which uses 15 measures to rank states prevalence of mental illness and access to care. Kansas had an overall ranking of 21/50, which means that 21 states indicated lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to care.

The objective of the workshop is to provide general knowledge of mental illnesses and increase the awareness of mental health services available in the community.

According to 2014 Census Suburban Statistics, Wichita has an adult African American population of 30,440. According to the Pew Research Center, 83% of African Americans are religious. According to SAMHSA, approximately 18% of Kansans will suffer from some mental illness. According to National Institute on Mental Health, 84% of African Americans will not seek professional help for their mental illness According to 2014 Census Suburban Statistics, Wichita has an adult Hispanic American population of 36,500. According to the Pew Research Center, 80% of Hispanics Americans are religious. According to SAMHSA, approximately 18% of Kansans will suffer from some mental illness. According to National Institute on Mental Health, 85% of Hispanics Americans will not seek professional help for their mental illness

 

Goals

  1. Hold a workshop to provide general knowledge of mental health and illness and provide methods for Faith leaders to support people with mental illness in their communities
    • Resource: APA Foundation’s Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders
  2. Understand the perception of mental health services in faith-based settings
    • Poll participants on mental health literacy before and after the workshop
  3. Incorporate NAMI “Sharing Hope” customized to African American faith leaders by trained staff of NAMI Wichita
  4. Create an electronic and printable directory of African American providers in the Wichita metro area.

Specifications

These epidemiological findings prove that much work is still needed, and since more than 80% of African Americans are affiliated with religion, we have a high probability of success if we target faith-based settings to identify and support these unreached populations.

Data from the project will give direction for further development in training programs on Mental Health specific for African American Faith leaders.

Workshop: Wichita Kansas, February 2019

The workshop, which promotes minority mental health in Wichita, included a review of mental illnesses, resource materials, discussions and the opportunity to participate in research I’m conducting to understand how African Americans seek mental health treatment.

African American Faith Leader Workshop
African American Faith Leader Workshop

Attendees had the opportunity to share experiences with other clergy on how to counsel and refer, support and integrate those with mental illness, along with their family members, into local faith communities.

NAMI’s Sharing Hope presented local testimonials from an adult living with mental illness, a family member, and a clergy member living with mental illness.

Materials shared with attendees included:

Additional resources