Celebrating Black History Month: Mental Health Pioneers and Leaders

Solomon Carter Fuller, Ph.D. (1872 - 1953) physician, psychiatrist, pathologist, professor, and prominent contributor to the field of mental health.

Solomon Carter Fuller, Ph.D. (1872 - 1953) physician, psychiatrist, pathologist, professor, and prominent contributor to the field of mental health.

For Black History Month, I wanted to share some fantastic articles promoting important black researchers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and more in the mental health field. I’ve aimed to highlight and promote pieces written by black authors.

Innovators in Mental Health History

Going back as early as 1872 with Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., here are two fantastic articles recounting the contribution, theories, research, and contributions of black professionals who have greatly advanced the field of mental health.

Modern Mental Health Game Changers

Here’s a fantastic piece on Joseph L. White, Ph.D. Since the 1950’s, Dr. White has been a key leader in advancing mental health work, theories, and care focused on black people.

Here is an article highlighting many of the current black leaders in mental health.

Articles on Black Mental Health

Addressing barriers to care, stigma, access to competent treatment providers, and more. These articles are great because they not only highlight the experiences and challenges unique to black people living with mental health concerns and what they may encounter when seeking treatment, but the articles also point to research, information, and what is being done to address the needs of black clients getting mental health treatment.

Resources

And because having options for getting your mental health care needs met is always key, here are some fantastic organizations providing resources and services. The following resources were specifically created to serve the black community.