The BEAM Baseline
The BEAM Baseline is a two day, social justice informed mental health literacy training for those working in Black communities. It is aimed at equipping individuals who are not mental health professionals, including educators and community organizers, with skills that help them support mental health literacy and disseminate healthy emotional norms. By the end of this training participants will be able to:
- Validate and give voice to the legacy of harm in Black communities.
- Affirm and acknowledge the historic and present-day resilience, defiance, coping skills and strategies in Black communities.
- Coach community members on how to offer first-responder support to mental health challenges and crises.
- Cultivate skills that promote agency in engaging mental health professionals and basic knowledge of mental health interventions/treatments and systems.
- Facilitate consciousness-raising and direct action to address social inequities and conditions that impact Black mental health––such as transphobia, racism, ableism, misogynoir, HIV/AIDS, and homophobia.
- Advocate and organize for accessible, innovative models of mental healthcare.
- Equip community members with knowledge and tools that support healthy mental health coping skills and healing.