Why HBCUs Should Invest in the Mental Health of Their Students

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The conversation around mental health in the Black community has been progressing in recent years but there is still a long way to go.

Life circumstances such as social expectations, financial challenges, and systemic racial biases are still putting an immense amount of pressure on Black adults.

Students at HBCUs are no different. And even through all the basic life challenges they still have to worry about getting assignments in on time.

There’s a need for relief that will help create fully healthy and whole students. And this is where global companies can come in to try to help.

For the second straight year, McDonald’s is awarding $500K to 35 HBCU students as part of the McDonald’s Black and Positively Golden Scholarship Program in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The impact of financial strain on HBCU students is one of the main stressors that can lead to a deterioration in a student’s mental health. The pressure of coming up with the dollars to try to advance your education can be a significant catalyst to mental health issues.

Yet, not only is McDonald’s giving out money but they are also partnering with minority-owned self-care app, Shine, to provide lifetime app memberships and an additional lifetime membership for a friend. They will also provide one-year memberships to all of the 1,400 scholarship applicants.

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SOURCE: Black America Web