Demand from patients seeking help for their mental illnesses has led to underground use in a way that parallels black markets in the AIDS pandemic. This underground use has been most perilous for people of color, who face greater stigma and legal risks due to the War on Drugs.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles were part of the movement in 2021 by athletes to amplify the need to pay closer attention to mental health issues which have inspired millions of athletes on all levels of play.
Over the past several months, many companies have pledged to better support their Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) employees, particularly when it comes to mental health. To do this well, they must offer services that meet the unique mental health needs of those employees.
What might also be disturbing and stressful for people of color to hear are statements that equate the Capitol insurrection to protests for racial justice. The fundamental differences lie within the motivations of the movements.