This year we turned our focus to the importance of supporting the mental health and wellness of Black men and boys because we know historical racism and stigma make it harder to feel safe asking for help.

BHSB staff and partners shared their experiences and ideas for breaking down stigma and building a stronger system to make mental health resources more accessible for Black men and boys.

"Having an older man to guide them is important. Even though I didn’t have a dad growing up, other men really were always looking out for me. And, I’m grateful I get to be that person now and tell these guys that nobody’s going to clown you. You can see the weight come off their shoulders."

Devin Waters

Prevention Coordinator

"We need affordable and accessible holistic tools that center the client‘s perspective, rather than the clinician perspective. The more we find culturally-relevant ways to foster Black men and boys by directly addressing racial trauma and its effects, the more society will benefit."

Thornton Armstead

Criminal Justice Care Coordinator

"There is a huge void of Black men working in mental health. It’s not just about hiring Black men - we need to make sure they have the tools to be successful. If we commit to supporting them, you’ll start to see a shift in how Black boys and men access mental health resources."

Sal Corbin

MaHRTI Coordinator

It’s Their Clubhouse: An Interview with Neville Hodge

The Adolescent Clubhouse is a haven where youth ages 12-17 can get a meal and help with homework, connect with recovery resources and prepare for their futures.

We spoke with the Adolescent Clubhouse’s program director Neville Hodge about how his team supports Baltimore’s youth every day.

Read his full interview here.

Find more resources here

If you or a loved one need immediate emotional support, call or text the 988 helpline 24/7 for free, confidential support.

Baltimore City Youth Celebrated Possibilities at National Prevention Week

BHSB, many of our community partners and more than 700 Baltimore City students celebrated SAMHSA's National Prevention Week at Main Event for the second year in a row.

Middle and high schoolers spent two days bowling, playing in the arcade, dancing and of course, learning how to make healthy choices for a brighter future!

Find prevention resources for the young person in your life here.

Taking Steps to End Stigma at NAMIWalks 2024!

Thank you to NAMI Maryland and NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore for the opportunity spend a beautiful day with a community united in raising awareness to end stigma around mental health.

Find Us In the Community this Summer

Community Engagement Team

Check out our schedule below, be sure to stop by and say hi to the team and ask them about resources to support your emotional health and wellness.

Baltimore Pride

Sunday, June 16,

12-6 p.m.

Druid Hill Park


Saturday, June 22

Sunday, June 23

12-6 p.m.

Druid Hill Park

Baltimore TransPride

Sunday, June 26 12-6 p.m.

Druid Hill Park


Looking for information on substance use or need some extra harm reduction supplies?

Check out BMORE Power's outreach schedule.

Save the Date for BHSB's Recovery Month Celebration

Join us on Saturday, September 14, for our annual Recovery Month celebration. Stay tuned for details.