During Black History Month, we pay homage to African Americans who have made significant contributions to our country. Famous names such as Harriett Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Frederick Douglass probably come to mind. During Black History Month in 2021, Destinations for Teens would like to take the opportunity to introduce a few notable African Americans who have made significant contributions to the mental health field. Destinations for Teens is committed to offering the best care to people of all races, backgrounds, and gender identities.
According to the CDC, nearly 90% of African Americans over the age of 12 with a substance use disorder did not receive any kind of mental health treatment in 2018. By eliminating the stigma of mental illness, we hope to help people heal. If you are concerned that your teen may be struggling with a mental health issue, contact Destinations for Teens by calling 877.466.0620. Read on to learn more about African American innovators and social justice warriors in the mental health field.
Jacki McKinney, M.S.W.
Jacki McKinney experienced severe trauma at a young age and battled addiction, homelessness, and mental illness. She advocates for issues affecting Black families and is one of the founding members of the National People of Color Consumer Survivor Network. Ms. McKinney has served as a consultant and advisor for the Center for Mental Health Services and is recognized for her moving presentations on issues such as intergenerational family support, seclusion and restraint, and minority issues in mental health. Ms. McKinney is a recipient of Mental Health America’s highest honor, the Clifford W. Beers Award. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration in 2011 for her leadership and her advocacy on behalf of domestic abuse and trauma survivors.
Maxie Clarence Maultsby, Jr., M.D. (1932-2016)
Dr. Maxie Clarence Maultsby Jr. founded rational behavioral therapy, which is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy and counseling tool. He specialized in helping people control emotions and overcome fears. His focus on understanding the emotional self helped legitimize focus on emotions in scientific research. His work continues to influence psychotherapy today. Dr. Maultsby created the first short-term, drug-free type of psychotherapy that produces long-term results.
Destinations For Teens: Inclusive Mental Health Treatment for People of All Races
At Destinations For Teens, we are committed to offering the most innovative, research-based treatment options for our clients. African Americans are less likely to receive mental health services than any other group of people in the U.S., and our goal is to help every group of people get the help they need in order to overcome mental health issues that cause problems in people’s lives. The following treatment programs have been proven to help rehabilitate teens of all races:
- Residential treatment program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Outpatient program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Trauma treatment
Celebrating Black Self-Care
By celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans in the mental health field, we are proud to bring awareness to the remarkable lives and contributions of these individuals. Jacki McKinney, Dr. Maxie Clarence Maultsby, Jr., and many other African Americans in the mental health field have made significant advances in helping people overcome mental illness and substance use disorder. Self-care isn’t easy in our fast-paced, 21st-century world, but it is important for people of all races to put their mental health first.
The remarkable individuals mentioned today have dedicated their lives to improving mental health services for people impacted by addiction and mental illness. Their contributions will be remembered and cherished. They are pioneers in the behavioral health field, and we are grateful for their commitment to social welfare and leadership.
Destinations For Teens Is California’s Premier Teen Mental Health Treatment Center
If you are concerned that your teenager is suffering from depression, ADHD, substance use disorder, or any mental health concern, contact Destinations for Teens. You can reach one of our intake professionals by calling 877.466.0620. Call our treatment center today if you are interested in learning about our remarkable rehabilitation programs for teens.