Mental Health

Trump administration cuts ties with WHO, an organization U.S. helped found

  The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations this week the United States is ending its membership in the World Health Organization. The announcement came the same day that  Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director general, said the coronavirus is spreading rapidly with no end in sight. “The Administration’s move to formally withdraw from WHO amid the greatest public[Read More…]

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San Francisco will take police out of the loop as first responders in non-criminal matters

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today San Francisco Mayor London Breed has laid out a four-point plan to eliminate the police as first responders in non-criminal situations, replacing them with homeless outreach workers or behavioral health professionals assigned to the streets. Mayor Breed’s vision also includes addressing police bias, strengthening police accountability, demilitarizing cops, and promoting economic justice. “We know that[Read More…]

Substantial investment needed to avert a mental health crisis because of the pandemic

  The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for increased mental health services because of a massive increase in mental health challenges caused by social isolation, fear of contagion, and loss of family members, said Dr. Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization. “The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is extremely concerning,” said Dr.[Read More…]

In the Covid-19 pandemic, Birmingham mayor says health comes first

African American essential workers should not die on the front lines By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today Like gingerly placing down a strategic chess piece, Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Randall Woodfin declared mandatory use of face masks would start May1. The 39-year-old African American Democrat, has been dancing a cautious waltz with 75-year-old, white, Republican governor, Kay Ivey, since mid-March when the country[Read More…]

Utah Jazz players and staff members cleared of COVID-19

Stephen Currie interviews Dr. Anthony Fauci about COVID-19 on Instagram Live After being benched by COVID-19, two Utah Jazz players have been cleared and can suit up for games, but no one knows when or if the NBA’s season will resume. The Jazz recently announced that Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert had completed their required 14 days of isolation and[Read More…]

Illinois governor calls for an investigation into the arrest of a black college athlete

The athlete, a member of school’s swim team, is suffering trauma resulting from his false arrest   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has demanded a thorough investigation into the arrest of an Eastern Illinois University athlete, who police arrested and terrified with guns pointed at his head during a bus stop near East Moline, Illinois.[Read More…]

John Singleton, director of “Boyz n the Hood,” dies from a stroke

  Stroke kills or disables more black men than white men By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   John Singleton, who was nominated for an Oscar for his masterpiece “Boyz n the Hood,” died Monday after suffering a stroke, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off. Singleton’s death was announced by his family, which had been feuding[Read More…]

Opinion: Instead of just calling the police, we also should call a mental health professional

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today There have been a lot of newspaper and television stories about Emmanuel Aranda throwing a five-year-old boy over a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Media outlets reported the story as if it’s only straight news that will attract a large reading and viewing audience. It is, and it isn’t. Posting a[Read More…]

White man pleads guilty to shooting three black men attempting to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A white man who shot and wounded three black men, trying to reach safety after Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago pled guilty on Wednesday to a hate crime in New Orleans U.S. District Court. Roland Bourgeois, Jr., 55, was indicted in 2010 but he pled not guilty in legal proceedings that dragged on for[Read More…]

Kanye West says he’s mentally ill

  A break from the overwhelming silence on an issue that many blacks consider taboo By Frederick H. Lowe Rapper Kanye West is known for saying things some blacks consider pretty crazy, like supporting President Trump, a racist villain to many African Amerians, and saying slavery by African Americans was a choice. West also said on national TV during Hurricane[Read More…]