The Washington Post and Baltimore Sun discuss an exciting new effort in Baltimore to address mental health needs among Baltimore youth. The Healing Youth Alliance was created through a partnership between the Black Mental Health Alliance, the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization. Its mission is to share mental health information with young people through an “unapologetically Black” curriculum — one that is anchored by the experiences of Black change-makers in history and set in the context of systemic racism.
Kyla Liggett-Creel, who helped found the organization, viewed the conference as a way to introduce the city to the Healing Youth Alliance. Moving forward, she said, agencies that want such presentations by the youth will need to pay for them.
The idea for the alliance came to Liggett-Creel after a long career working to support the mental well-being of young people. As an assistant clinical professor for the University of Maryland School of Social Work and lead strategist for the Office of Youth and Trauma Services at the Baltimore Health Department, Liggett-Creel would sit in meetings to discuss strategies for promoting healing among this population and wonder why there were not more young people in attendance.
photo: [Taylor Clinton is a member of the Healing Youth Alliance, a newly formed mental health advocacy organization lead by young people that began during the pandemic. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)]