This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Utah’s African American community grew the most of any minority group last year. To help meet mental health needs we are fortunate to have a group of counselors uniquely qualified to provide a safe place for healing. Dr. Kimberly Applewhite is one of those experts.
DR. KIMBERLY APPLEWHITE
The Black Clinicians are a collective of Black mental health and medical professionals who seek to tackle the mental health disparities in the BIPOC communities of Utah and beyond by making culturally relevant mental health resources and expertise more accessible to the people who need it most.
BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and it may not surprise you that many communities of color, and Black Americans in particular, are only half as likely to receive mental health treatment than White Americans. Untreated mental health conditions can lead to worsening physical health conditions and interfere with quality of life.
The Black Clinicians go into minority community settings to provide culturally-inclusive programming to decrease the stigma of getting help with mental health. We also connect with other BIPOC providers to create a robust referral network for those in our community who are seeking help. Finally, we provide education and consulting from a perspective of mental wellness to businesses and government entities seeking to facilitate diversity and inclusion in their work environment.
For more information, visit the website theblackclinicians.com. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.