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Foundation Launches National Initiative

Addressing Mental Health Stigma

The Minding the Gap: Improving Mental Health Access - Eliminating Stigma Initiative was developed as a result of the 2009 Mental Health Colloquium Series, sponsored by the National Black Nurses Foundation. This national initiative is designed to increase awareness, enhance information, and improve education about success to mental health services and treatment.

Mental Health affects our overall health and wellbeing. In reality 80-90% of disorders are treatable, however, many are reluctant to seek care. Unfortunately, less than half of adults with mental illness seek treatment, and less than one thrid of children receive treatment. The discrepancy in treatment is due in part to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Because of this, the National Black Nurses Foundation has made it a goal to educate communities on the importance of care, while seeking to eliminate the public's hesitation to acknowledge mental illness.

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The National Black Nurses Foundation, Inc. (NBNF) undertakes the responsibility of improving the state of nurses, particularly African-American nurses through cooperative relationship with other similar international nursing organizations across ethnic nurse populations. The Foundation is engaged in activities that include health literacy, health authority models to increase access to care, nurse leadership development, reforming healthcare workforce regulations and the decrease of cardiovascular disease and related risk factors in underserved, under represented and at risk populations. For more information, visit

OUR MISSION is to convene alliances and develop programs around clinical, and policy measures to improve the quality of life for underserved, underprivileged, and underrepresented at-risk populations. We achieve our mission through education, research, and policy implications as these programs highlight the impact of the nursing shortage and leadership in the United States and its territories.
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