About BMHA Nashville
Who are we?
BMHA Nashville is a Black founded and operated grassroots Black Mental health think tank & community action organization that aims to make mental health education and care more accessible to Black people. We are working to create an online community centered around Black mental health. This is because we need to break the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community. We want to encourage our people to seek help from one another and from trained professionals who look like them. We also unite people with mission-driven organizations and resources to promote the health and wellness of Black people, especially Black Nashvillians, by addressing the social determinants of health that produce the disproportionate health disparities and mental health issues that are present in the Black community.
What is our purpose?
At BMHA Nashville, we create communities where people can find the support they need through the power of connection. When people are facing challenges, it’s helpful for them to be able to find support from others who understand exactly what they’re going through, and that’s what they’ll find from our Black Mental Health Support Group and from our culturally tailored mental health resources!
Goals and Priorities
Education and Advocacy
Building resiliency through community building
Black empowerment & self-determination
Supporting the health and well-being of Black people and their communities
Get Involved With Us
BMHA Nashville envisions a world where Black people can live happy and healthy lives. To make this happen, we're working on building a supportive community interested in addressing the underlying issues in our communities.
BMHA Nashville has a mission to provide mental health education, care, healing, and community to vulnerable people in Nashville. We are working together to create a better life for our people.
Who We Serve…
After joining BMHA Nashville, Black clinicians can connect with potential patients by joining our Black clinician database.
Nashville's Black Community
Locally, BMHA Nashville is an inclusive grassroots organization of Black people in Nashville working to mobilize Black Nashvillians regardless of class, national origin, immigration status, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and gender expression.
BMHA Nashville serves the community by creating support groups, an online community centered around Black mental, conferences, community discussions that center mental health in the Black community, and community action for Black Nashvillians, allowing them space to respond to their own experiences. Because BMHA Nashville understands how important it is to have a therapist that understands your identity and your past experiences, we are working to highlight culturally competent and patient-centered Black licensed mental health clinicians for Black Nashvillians seeking providers.
We are also working to build collaborations between different organizations in Nashville that play a role in advancing the whole health of Black Nashvillians. We hope to advance our agenda for our community through transformative grassroots engagement, strategic partnerships, and influencing local and state policy.
Black communities in the US
BMHA serves the national Black community by creating accessible and culturally competent mental health education, and an online community centered around Black mental health. We are also working to build collaborations between different organizations in the US that play a role in empowering and advancing the whole health of Black people.
Using our collaborations, support groups, and evidence-based research, we highlight the mental health needs of Black people & address their concerns, the health disparities associated with social determinants of health, and the harmful behaviors that we use to cope with life, by leveraging strategic partnerships, transformative grassroots engagement, compiling & creating resources, and by addressing inequitable state and national policy.
If you want to change the world, start with yourself first ― Mohandas Gandhi
I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept ― Angela Y. Davis
People ready for change
BMHA Nashville seeks to create supportive communities and provide valuable mental health knowledge and resources that play a role in the transformation of our society. We aim to encourage and empower the next generation of Black mental health providers and community leaders!
Using our strategic partnerships, support groups, and evidence-based research, we aim to highlight the mental health needs of Black people & address their concerns by leveraging collaboration between organizations doing the work and people who are passionate about creating a change.
We are inspired by the belief that everyday people can shape and mold our society for the better. That's why we are creating an online community to mobilize people from all over to take action and create a meaningful & lasting impact.
We hope to inspire and promote impactful solutions to some of the most critical issues we face through the power of civic engagement and hope to advance our agenda through community-led interventions and policy changes. Join our community of activists and allies as we work towards a better and more just world.
BMHA Nashville’s Current Framework for Improving Mental Health in the Black Community
•Provide mental health education rooted in social justice and increase help-seeking behavior as a form of resistance
•Identify and address social determinants of health (SODH) disparities and other systems of oppression that create and exacerbate mental illness
•Provide mental health care and case management services
•Deliver coordinated crisis management to provide traditional, innovative, and culturally-responsive care
•Promote social connectedness, resilience, and joy
•Foster empowered individuals, families, and communities
•Creating a system of harm reduction that reduces funding for the current mental health system by creating alternatives to carceral-based mental health care (an abolitionist system that reduces our dependency on the PIC (Prison/psychiatry - industrial complex ).
Mental Health Consulting - We educate and empower our community to become better stewards of their own mental health.
Community Care - Providing and highlighting community care events for our people and other vulnerable groups.
Coordination of Mental Health - Helping our people navigate the mental health system.
Coordinating Resources to Improve Social Determinants of Health - Addressing our people's material needs.
Abolition in Mental Health
Healing for Healers and Community Organizers
Dream Incubation in a Capitalistic Wasteland
Community Mental Health Discussions
Racism in Medicine
Support Groups - Here at BMHA Nashville, we create communities where people can find the support they need through the power of connection. When people are facing challenges, it’s helpful for them to be able to find support from others who understand exactly what they’re going through, and that’s what they’ll find from our mental health support groups!
The Àṣẹ Community – Community Healing After Incarceration
Online Black Community Support Group
Training (coming soon)