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DEMYSTIFYING IN SOLIDARITY MENTAL HEALTH DISPARITIES 
 
Healing Open Wounds Foundation is committed to providing quality services and solutions to the mentally challenged in underserved communities.

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July Is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In 2008, July was nationally declared as Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Albert Wynn [D-MD] and cosponsored by a large bipartisan group to achieve two goals: Improve access to mental health treatment and services and promote public awareness of mental illness

In honor  of the legacy of author, advocate, and trailblazer Bebe Moore Campbell. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month celebrates Bebe Moore Cambell’s ability to tell impactful stories highlighting themes of racism, mental health, and family left a lasting mark on this world and is a foundation for much of the work that continues in support of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) mental health.

This July 2024, in celebration of the 16th annual anniversary of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month.

Healing Open Wounds Foundation has launched a fundraiser to bring awareness to BIPOC BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) in the BIPOC community.

All donations will be used to acquire BIPOC Mental Health providers  such as Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychiatric Nurse, Family and marriage counselors, Therapist, Mental health Coordinator and Certified Peer Specialists.

Invest in the health and well-being of our community. Donate now to support Healing Open Wounds Foundation’s mission to bring awareness to BIPOC BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) Mental Health condition in our community.

BPD IS a chronic condition that can be managed by a medical professional. Symptoms include emotional instability, feelings of insecurity, worthlessness, impulsivity, and impaired social relationships. Treatments include talk therapy, medications, or hospitalization if symptoms are severe.

Challenges in Diagnosing BPD:

Mental health providers can be reluctant to diagnose BPD due to several reasons:

Difficulty Identifying Criteria:

    The diagnostic criteria for personality disorders require observing an enduring pattern of behavior across a broad range of personal and social situations. However, most clinicians only see patients in their office, which doesn’t meet the criteria for a “broad range” of settings.

    Insurance Reimbursement: Many medical insurances do not cover treatment specifically for personality disorders. Claims with BPD diagnostic codes are often rejected.

    Stigma:

A diagnosis of personality disorder can be stigmatizing, especially for disorders like BPD, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Prevalence of BPD:

      BPD affects up to 6% of the population in a given year.

    The male-to-female ratio of people diagnosed with BPD is 1:3, and it becomes less common among older individuals.

    Behaviors characteristic of BPD typically emerge in early adulthood and may be triggered by events considered normal by others2.

Misdiagnosis and Comorbidity:

    BPD is difficult to diagnose accurately. Mental health professionals may mistake it for other conditions with symptoms of anxiety and depression.

    Interestingly, 85% of people with BPD also meet the diagnostic criteria for another mental disorder.

Your donations are humbly appreciated and will assist Healing Open Wounds Foundation in reaching our goal of $15,000.  Bringing comfort, healing, and hope to those in in our community in their greatest time of need.

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Mental health Professional Volunteers and Partners

Healing Open Wounds Foundation’s vision is to ultimately improve the mental health care provided to disadvantaged members in our “community” and beyond (local, state, regional/national, including veterans) by way of acquiring the assistance of well-rounded and clinically exceptional psychiatrists and psychologists.

Despite the growing needs for quality mental health services post the COVID-19 Pandemic . The health care system in Georgia ranks as the second worst in the country.

The uninsured rate in Georgia is the third highest in the nation, with 13.4% of adult residents lacking health insurance. In addition, Georgia ranks among the states with the fewest number of health professionals per capita at 145 mental health providers per 100,000 residents (fifth lowest), and 66 primary care doctors per 100,000 residents (10th lowest).

Post COVID-19 pandemic, Burnout and depression are well-known risks, yet funding for Georgia mental health services is facing dramatic cuts in the 2021 state budget. Current levels are unacceptably low, and further reduction will mean hardship for thousands of Georgians affected by mental illness and their families. Our service can make a difference in helping the mentally challenged in our community. We hope to accomplish this through providing mental health treatment, mentoring, educational opportunities both within and outside our institution, and in an environment that promotes inclusivity and personal well-being.

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Community and Outreach Volunteers

The mental health care disparities in our community is a constant reminder to those who have loved ones suffering with comorbid mental health disorders.  Healing Open Wounds Foundation mission is to support the mental well being of the BIPOC in our community, but we can’t do it alone! 

We need your help to raise awareness and engage the community in providing the services needed to sustain a healthy mental well being. 

We need volunteers interested in helping in the community with live events, outreach,  those who can take or make a life changing phone call to individuals who may be in need of a familiar listening, compassionate ear. 

Healing Open Wounds would love to have you as an ongoing volunteer for community events  and outreach endeavors.  Join us as we embark on this journey of Healing Open Wounds. Together we can bridge the gap in the BIPOC communities in the metro area and help change and saves lives.  Please revisit us in a few weeks for Volunteer updates.  We will have an array of BIPOC BPD Volunteer Opportunities in celebration of the 16th annual July BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month.

Please visit our “CONTACT US” page and leave your contact information if you are interested in joining our team of volunteers.  We’d love to have you!

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