The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network recognizes February as Black History Month. This year’s theme is Black Health and Wellness. As such we have created these graphics to bring attention to the unique experiences of the Black community with mental health, disability, and COVID-19 disaprities.
Black communities make up 13% of the total US population, but account for 18% of Covid-19 cases and 21% of Covid related deaths. This is based on the 2022 report “Surviving & Thriving: Covid-19 Pandemic Survival Guide For Black Women And Their Families” by Black Women’s Health Imperative.
As the report explores:
We are more likely to have underlying conditions that worsen the severity of cases and less likely to have access to timely testing and treatment services that could save our lives. Economically, women of color are facing high levels of unemployment and financial uncertainty. This, in turn, is creating negative social impacts for Black women and girls, including a higher risk of housing instability, food insecurity, and education inequality. Black women live at the intersection of racial and gender oppression and economic and health adversity.Black Women’s Health Imperative
Black Mental Health
On average, only about 40% of Black Adults who have serious mental health issues receive mental health treatment. Black women are twice as likely as men to experience major depression, but only about half of those who need mental health treatment receive it. This data is from Therapy for Black Girls, an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
We hope these resources were helpful, and we’ll continue providing resources throughout the year!