Stigma Work in the African American Community

Research has shown that the African American community is routinely underserved and inappopriately served in mental health care.

According to UC Davis, African Americans are disproportionately misdiagnosed, resulting in incorrect treatment. African Americans, at twice the rate of whites, are prescribed the older generations of antidepressants or antipsychotic medications, suffering irreversible disability caused by long-term use. In addition, African Americans tend to receive higher doses of high side-effect medications and are disproportionately subjected to substandard and inhumane treatment such as restraints and involuntary medication.

The Alameda County Social Inclusion Campaign strives to create a community in which people who live with mental health issues — and their families — receive the support and inclusion they deserve.

To get involved with efforts to promote mental health and wellness in the African American community, call (510) 832-7337 or email

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Today at the 6th Annual POCC Conference, PEERS Programs Manager Bre Williams presented a "Tree of Life" workshop in conjunction with the POCC African American Empowerment Committee.


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Jenee with microphone

PEERS Communications Coordinator Jenee Darden was quoted in a Daily Beast article about the death of Miss Jessie's co-founder Titi Branch and her alleged death by suicide.