"There is a unique experience of stress for African Americans that comes from racial trauma, generational trauma, and just the overall history of the African American experienceincluding slavery and subsequent inequities," Robert Gipson tells the Daily Bulletin.
Gipson is the founder and executive director of Blueprints and Pathways, a nonprofit in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., that focuses on stress management, physical exercise, stress management, and social health for the black community.
"Our goal is to comprehensively address those stresses and reduce them utilizing evidence-based practices with an outcome of increased life satisfaction," Gipson tells the Bulletin.
Gipson, who is pursuing his doctorate at California Baptist University, says the group's four pillars of mental health are diet and nutrition, physical exercise, stress management, and social health.
In addition to therapy or Christian counseling, the group offers peer-to-peer group support, occupational and educational support, and access to resources such as occupational and educational support.
"So, for instance, if I don't have an education or income, or my business is not doing well, I may need access to networking," Gipson says.
"We're looking deeply into connecting people to vital resources."
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