July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

BIPOC Mental Health Month highlights the unique mental health challenges and needs of historically disenfranchised or oppressed racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Black and Indigenous people and other people of color (BIPOC) experience a broad spectrum of ongoing discrimination, oppression, and inequity, including within the Mental Health system, which foster both collective and individual trauma in those communities.

Bringing awareness and understanding of this reality is the first step in promoting the mental health and well-being of people in BIPOC communities and addressing the systemic discrepancies in quality of and access to care for these individuals.

The following is a link for an expansive toolkit with information and resources: https://mhanational.org/…/2022-BIPOC-MHM-Toolkit.pdf

In recognition of BIPOC Mental Health Month, SCPDA’s Civil Commitment Unit is collecting toiletries for people detained in hospitals. Clients in the hospital must rely upon the facility for all personal hair & body care products. Hospital products in general are pretty dismal, but they are also basically always oriented towards white consumers. We are hoping to provide them with products that better suit their needs and provide them with dignity during their hospitalization.
The following are some suggestions from folks who have personal favorites in case you need ideas, but anything is greatly appreciated! A donation bin is available at our offices at 2722 Colby Avenue, Suite 200, Everett, WA 98201.
Alaffia – Shampoos, conditioners, soaps
Shea Moisture Line – Esp leave in conditioners & black soap
All things Carol’s Daughter
All things Miss Jessie
Honey Baby Hair Balms & Smoothies
Cantu shampoos, conditioners, Txtr line
Alberto VO5
“Any shampoo featuring a combo of natural oils like argan, moringa, & coconut oil”
Coconut Oil
Shea Butter
Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Lotion
Trader Joe’s Hand & Body Cream
Palmers Cocoa Butter Lotion
“Oils, please! jojoba, tea tree, Jamaican black. Sunny Isle has great blends”
“Mielle is still black owned and top tier for haircare”

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