Script for Black And/or African Americans

Questions to help assess and intervene around mental health concerns:

  • Sometimes people have different ways of describing their problem to their family, friends, or others in their community. How would you describe your problem to them?
  • What troubles you most about your problem?
  • Who do you rely on in your home, family, or community to talk about these problems (if anyone)?
  • For you, what are the most important aspects of your background or identity?
  • Are there any aspects of your background or identity that make a difference to your problem?
  • Incorporate individual strengths: Encourage support from immediate and extended family of patient.
  • Incorporate patients’ spiritual and/or religious values into treatment as appropriate. Incorporate community involvement and engagement into treatment

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