Black Men Speak, Inc. & Men of Color

Black Men Speak, Inc.  & Men of Color Our mission is to inform, educate, and enlighten the mental health community and the general public
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Name some things you’re grateful for!!
11/24/2022

Name some things you’re grateful for!!

10/18/2022

Breast Cancer awareness!

October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
10/13/2022

October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Breast cancer doesn’t just hit Black women, it’s a problem for Black men too. ...
10/11/2022

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Breast cancer doesn’t just hit Black women, it’s a problem for Black men too. Male breast cancer is a rare disease—it accounts for less than 1% of all breast cancers and less than 1% of cancer in general in men—but it’s becoming more common, especially in Black men.

10/10/2022

🙌🏾🥳October 10th!!! Today is Indigenous People’s Day and BMS/MOC is observing this day with our indigenous brothers and sisters!!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! Proudly wear pink to support every fight won, each battle lost, and those thi...
10/08/2022

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! Proudly wear pink to support every fight won, each battle lost, and those this fighting!!

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233 or text START To 88788 Or visit there website at thehotline.orgHours:...
10/06/2022

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233 or text START To 88788 Or visit there website at thehotline.org

Hours: 24/7 Languages: English, Spanish and 2000+ through interpretation services.

SPEAK WITH SOMEONE TODAY!!🗣📞

12/21/2021

Older videos of some past members of BMS/MWOC telling their stories

Various Pictures of Black Men Speak and Men & Women of Color  20017-20018
12/21/2021

Various Pictures of Black Men Speak and Men & Women of Color 20017-20018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of BMS/MOC Executive Director Joe L. Anderson. Memorial Services w...
07/24/2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of BMS/MOC Executive Director Joe L. Anderson.
Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday July 30th, 2019 at 11:00am at Fouche Hudson Funeral Home
Located at 3665 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609
If you would like to send flowers please have them delivered on Tuesday before the services. If you have a card for the family or would like to help out with a donation, please contact Tavi Cain at 510-384-1291. Joe's Family would like to Thank everyone for their words of encouragement and for keeping them in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Various events and conferences
07/18/2019

Various events and conferences

01/04/2019

Happy New Year everyone from Black Men Speak & Men Of Color

12/21/2018
Pictures of Founders of BMS/MOC and bureau members past and present.
10/09/2018

Pictures of Founders of BMS/MOC and bureau members past and present.

10/03/2018
BMS/MOC Members
10/03/2018

BMS/MOC Members

Recovery is possible!
09/13/2018

Recovery is possible!

Members of BMS/MOC getting ready to present 9/12/2018
09/13/2018

Members of BMS/MOC getting ready to present 9/12/2018

Complete the Journey
07/26/2018

Complete the Journey

07/26/2018

We've Moved!!
Our New Location is:
303 Hegenberger Rd. Ste. 210
Oakland, CA 94621

07/25/2018
07/25/2018
Breaking the stigma, discrimination, and trauma associated with people suffering from mental health and substance abuse ...
05/29/2018

Breaking the stigma, discrimination, and trauma associated with people suffering from mental health and substance abuse challenges.

Members out on various speaking engagements throughout the bay area.
04/19/2018

Members out on various speaking engagements throughout the bay area.

Address

80 Swan Way Suite 102
Oakland, CA
94621

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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+15109695086

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TODAY AT 5:00PM - A free event at 81st Avenue Branch. Mental Wellness Panel & Resource Fair. Come hear mental health experts from Family Paths, Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, Black Men Speak, Inc. & Men of Color, La Familia and Family Education and Resource Center (FERC) and receive info about community resources. More info here: https://oaklandlibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/630009e7809d18494f0495d3
Join Family Paths and Oakland Public Library for a FREE Mental Wellness Panel and Resource Fair at the 81st Avenue Branch on Tuesday, Sept 6, 5:00-7:30pm.
Come hear mental health experts from Family Paths, Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, Black Men Speak, Inc. & Men of Color, La Familia and Family Education and Resource Center (FERC) and receive info about community resources. More info here: https://oaklandlibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/630009e7809d18494f0495d3
On September 5, Family Paths and Oakland Public Library are presenting a Mental Health Awareness panel and resource fair. Free of charge and no registration required. JOIN US! Our panelists include Black Men Speak, Inc. & Men of Color, Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, La Familia and NAMI
81st Avenue Branch, 1021 81st Avenue, Oakland.
For additional information, call or email. SEE YOU THERE!
Supporting Black Men’s Mental Health - Active Minds

This June, in honor of Men’s Mental Health Month, we recognize the importance of Black men’s mental health. That’s because Black Americans are half as likely as their White counterparts to receive the treatment that they need for mental health disorders, as systemic barriers to access and cultural stigma lock them out of the resources they deserve. Recognizing people heal in different ways, we’ve compiled a list of resources for Black men to find support, community, and safety.

For those who heal through community building:
The YBMen Project is a culturally-sensitive, private social media group on Facebook and Instagram providing mental health education and social support to young Black men using information and prompts from social media and pop culture.

BEAM Organization is hosting an online support session for Black men and masculine individuals to vent, grieve, and heal together.

Ethel’s Club is an online community to support creators of color, and has been named the “social club that could spark the next renaissance.” Ethel's Club

For those who heal through understanding:
Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation has a network of trained Black therapists available for free online sessions. To get involved easily, text NOSTIGMA to 707070 to begin their intake process.

For q***r Black people, NQTTCN’s online network connects QTPOC with QTPOC therapists. Most of the resources are paid; some therapists in the network have begun donating their time or giving reduced rates to clients.

For those who heal through listening:
The Steve Fund’s videos chronicle the individual stories of Black young people and Black men afflicted with mental illnesses. The Steve Fund

Black Men Speak hosts numerous open mic nights, where Black men share their stories of mental illness through spoken word poetry, song, and more. Black Men Speak, Inc. & Men of Color

For those who heal through reading:
Each Mind Matters works hard to improve mental health equity through culturally responsive resources and programs, including curated resources and stories specifically for Black Americans. Each Mind Matters

Through research and programming, the AAKOMA Project helps diverse teenagers and their families achieve optimal mental health through dialogue, learning, and the understanding that everyone deserves care and support.
AAKOMA PROJECT

Standing in the Shadows by John Head explains the role of mental health in Black men’s lives by describing his personal twenty-five-year struggle with depression and why it went unnoticed for too long.
Standing in the Shadows

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Dr. Rheeda Walker provides a blueprint for learning to navigate an unequal system and learning to harness tools for emotional wellness.

For those who heal through learning:
Rachel Goodwin’s article about Racial Battle Fatigue puts words to the day-to-day feelings of hypervigilance, grief, and anxiety that are common among Black men.

Brandon Johnson’s YouTube video was created just two weeks ago and discusses the ways that Black people can start to heal after witnessing injustice.

The Nap Ministry on Instagram examines the liberating power of naps, believing that rest is a form of resistance.

For those who heal through educating:
A2MEND educators utilize scholarly and professional expertise to foster institutional change within the community college system with a focus on the success of Black American male students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

NIMHD has a treasure trove of resources to host events and lessons on Black men’s mental health. Known as Brother Your On My Mind, the program offers materials for fraternities and concerned students to build healthier communities, together.

We hope the resources above will serve as a starting place for many Black men to find the support they need, when they need it.

FOR LINKS and Full Story, go to:
https://www.activeminds.org/blog/supporting-black-mens-mental-health/
Learn more about Active Minds on their site: https://www.activeminds.org

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