Dr. Ebony Blackmon Humphrey Talks Mental Health and Compassion for BIPOC
May is Mental Health Awareness Month; Know the Symptoms of Mental Illness
By: Caritas Critical Care Management
(NAMI), 52.9 million Americans live with a mental illness; Sixteen percent (4.8 million) of Black and African Americans reported having a mental illness, and 22.4 percent of those (1.1 million people) are navigating a severe mental illness. "It is my mission to educate, advocate, and teach compassion for BIPOC (Black Indegenous People of Color). Mental health treatment is not a one size fits all, especially for Blacks dealing with intergenerational trauma. The month of May is Mental Awareness Month and I want to spotlight behavioral care with an emphasis on care," says Dr. Ebony Blackmon Humphrey, Managing Partner of Caritas Critical Case Management (https://caritasccm.com/
Caritas Critical Case Management offers the following services: Psychiatric Evaluations;
The word Caritas is Latin for charity. My company's philosophy is a caring and faith-based model for our clients. Understanding the individual and treating the person is critical for mental health, not the symptom. Caritas' goal is to provide Behavioral Care Management with Psychiatric services - from the initial hospital visit to the patient's release; and follow-up wellness visits. Many individuals with mental illness are homeless, do not have clothing, and have nonexistent continuous care. As stated, mental wellness is not a one size fits," declares Dr. Ebony Blackmon Humphrey.
Dr. Ebony Blackmon Humphrey is an advocate, teacher, activist, and entrepreneur. "In 2018, I became a nurse practitioner and when I realized that I wanted to be in a position to help more, make a difference, I became a Doctor of Nurse Practice. Also I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for those with intergenerational trauma narratives, such as sexual assault, childhood abuse and neglect, and addiction. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with Acute Adults, Geriatric, Adolescent and Youth, Outpatient Substance Use, and Perinatal Mood Populations. As a Psychotherapist, I offer the integration of biblical scripture as an adjunct and/or mono form of therapy. My doctoral framework is multicultural competence and sensitivity."
Mental Health America states, Overall, mental health conditions occur in Black and African American (B/AA) people in America with about the same or less frequency than in White Americans. However, the historically Black and African American experience in America has been characterized by trauma and violence more often than their White counterparts and impacts both youth and adults' emotional and mental health.
Know the Signs of Mental Illness by Dr. Ebony Blackmon Humphrey
*Each illness has its symptoms, but common signs of mental illness can include the following:
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