Detroit City Hall: Listening Is the First Step to Addressing Black Boys’ Mental Health Issues

Detroit – An important first step in addressing the mental health needs of black boys in the community is to take what they have to say seriously, according to a town hall speech Saturday at the Focus: HOPE Conference Center.

Tristan Stallworth, 18, a member of the Children’s Center’s Youth Advisory Board, said: “By grown adults who don’t know what we’re talking about. “This is something we really just want you guys to listen to us and understand and help us in this way.”

Young people don’t feel heard or listened to, said George Wynn, director of The Children’s Center, a Detroit-based organization that provides behavioral health services to children.

“So if we give them a voice to talk about what’s working in the system, what’s not working in the system, we can start to develop supports and systems that really meet their needs.”

Winn said the Children’s Center decided to start by focusing on black boys because data shows they are in crisis.

Black youth in the United States have a higher risk of suicide, depression, and other mental health problems, but are less likely to seek treatment than other demographics. according to the American Psychiatric Association.

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