May 25, 2021

“It is important to ask for help from someone you trust."

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, UMBA (Black Alumni affiliate group of the Alumni Association) reached out to alumni in mental health professions for tips on how best to manage your mental health.

Dr. Karla A. Blackwood ('93, MD '96), Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, provided these insights: 

“It is important to ask for help from someone you trust. Consider reaching out to a partner, family, friends, spiritual advisor, physician, or therapist. Being able to express your feelings with others during stressful times will positively impact your mental health.

There are a range of mental health providers (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, etc.) who provide a range of mental health services. When looking for a mental health provider, here are some things to consider:

  • educational and training background
  • professional licensing
  • years in practice
  • their treatment approach
  • and areas of expertise.

It is important to work with a mental health provider suited for your needs and with whom you have a therapeutic alliance. Sometimes you might have to meet with more than one clinician to find a good fit; that is okay, and that is not uncommon.”

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