Celebrating Black History Month and Black Mental Health

Black History Month offers us the opportunity to reflect on the achievements within the Black community. Mental health care within the Black community has come a long way (and still has a long way to go).  We wanted to take a moment to highlight some Black mental health pioneers. 


Trailblazers in black mental health


The contributions black Americans have made to the mental health industry have been overlooked for too long. Here are four black mental health trailblazers you should know about:

Herman George Canady, PhD.

As a prominent Black clinical and social psychologist, Herman George Canaday, PhD., is credited with studying how subjects integrated with the IQ test proctor. His research highlighted how the race of the IQ proctor influenced bias in IQ testing.

M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D.

As the first African American and only the second woman to be sworn in as the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders spent her career advocating for for universal health coverage. Throughout her career, she focused her efforts on improving healthcare with the Black community. She currently serves as professor emeritus as the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D.

Born in Liberia, Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller was the son of a previously enslaved African who purchased his freedom. Dr. Solomon’s career is defined by the contributions he made to the study of Alzheimer’s disease.


These are just a few of the wave-makers and world changers within the Black mental health community. To read more about those who have and who are making an impact with the mental health space for the black community, visit Mental Health America.

You’ve worked too hard to be unhappy

Life is complicated and messy. When it comes to mental health, we believe there’s no one-size-fits all. At Halcyon Therapy Group, we understand just how important you and your unique situation and perspectives are. That’s why we offer a suite of services tailored specifically to you and your needs. You deserve better, and we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation today and start living the life you’ve always dreamed of. 

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