Historically, the narrative around BIPOC Mental Health has been defined by trauma, disparities, and oppression. Yet, throughout history, BIPOC communities have carved out systems of support to sustain collective wellbeing. Culture, community, and connection are pillars that support and uplift BIPOC communities facing oppression and systemic racism.
Highlighted in this year’s theme is how a person’s life experience is deeply intertwined with the environment they live and breathe in. BIPOC cultures have served as safe havens, even among hostile environments, through the preservation of traditions and uplifting loved ones during times of struggle. Community has been a powerful anchor and driving force for social change. Connection has been the healing medicine that unites BIPOC communities, which has enriched mutual support, wellness, and strength. Amid the challenges of oppression and systemic racism, culture, community, and connection stand as essential foundations that uplift and empower BIPOC individuals.
BIPOC communities have sustained culture, community, and connection through the following: