June is Men's Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the unique health challenges faced by men. In alignment with this important initiative, Homeland Heart and Black Mental Health Village have partnered in a community-based research project to shed light on the mental health support needs of Black male-identifying partners during the perinatal period.
Perinatal refers to the period that includes pregnancy, childbirth, and the immediate postpartum period (after birth). It involves the physical, emotional, and social aspects of this transformative journey for both parents.
Black Men deserve safe spaces in this unforgiving world.
While it is crucial to prioritize the well-being of Black mothers, who unfortunately face alarming rates of mortality due to systemic racism in healthcare, it is equally important to acknowledge the lack of support for Black fathers during this perinatal period. While extensive attention is given to the mother and baby, very few people rally around the fathers. There is a notable absence of efforts to check in and ensure the well-being of Black men transitioning into the role of Black fathers.
By organizing focus groups with Black male-identifying partners, this project aims to establish safe spaces that specifically address the impact of the perinatal period on their mental health. The goal is to create a community of support that understands and empathizes with their unique challenges, providing an avenue for individuals to share their experiences, seek guidance, and connect with others who can relate to their journey. If you know any recent (3 years or less since birth) Black male-identifying partners who would be interested in this focus group, please send them our way!
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