The Confess Project Partners with Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust to Address Mental Health Issues in Black Communities in California

The timing of this partnership couldn’t be better for communities of color in California. More than seven percent (7.2%) of black Californians are diagnosed with a serious mental illness, while the average is 4.2% for white Californians. The Confess Project and the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust will combat this disparity by training five hundred (500) new barbers to become mental health advocates.

“You didn’t have to be far-sighted to see this crisis coming because all of the indicators that behavioral health experts relied on pointed to the coming deluge of mental health issues in the black community,” said Lawrence Lewis, admits the founder of the project. “Those of us who have dedicated our lives to the call to improve access to mental health have predicted this crisis; but I’m glad the Confess Project now has a new partner to help improve access to mental health for black boys, men and their families. in California“, continued Lewis.

The Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust’s investment of $100,000.00 will have the immediate effect of reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues in Black communities, as mental health advocacy training takes place in the very community where health disparities exist.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Confess Project,” said beth ganzgeneral manager of Katz Amsterdam. “We strive to support these innovative solutions to address mental health issues. Project Confess has had a tremendous impact within communities and we are honored to help expand their reach.”

“We are grateful to Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust, and we look forward to tackling mental health disparities in the black community with our new strategic partner,” said Lawrence Lewisthe founder of the Confess Project.

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