by Fathers Incorporated

As the mental health of black fathers continues to be a significant concern in today’s society, one organization, Fathers Incorporated, has been at the forefront of efforts to address this pressing issue. Over the past year, Fathers Incorporated has tirelessly campaigned to bring attention to what they have aptly named “Code Blue: Fueling the Urgency for the Mental Health of Black Fathers“. This year-long campaign culminated in the launch of an informative and empowering report, “Status: Code Blue – Addressing the Mental Health and Resiliency of Black Fathers” (Fathers Incorporated, 2023).

Understanding the Code Blue Campaign

The Code Blue Campaign was initiated to provide a clarion call to action, drawing attention to the urgent need to prioritize the mental health of black fathers. This campaign highlighted the unique pressures and challenges that black fathers face, which often contribute to mental health issues (Noguera, 2015). A deeper examination of these struggles is vital as they disproportionately affect black fathers, often leading to a higher incidence of mental health concerns compared to other demographics (American Psychological Association, 2018).

Fathers Incorporated has been on the frontlines of this issue, working to address systemic barriers that often prevent black fathers from seeking and receiving mental health care. The organization aimed to provide awareness and advocacy through the Code Blue campaign, focusing on dismantling these obstacles and promoting mental health access and acceptance within the community (Fathers Incorporated, 2023).

The Launch of a Pivotal Report: Status: Code Blue

The year-long campaign culminated in the launch of the groundbreaking report, “Status: Code Blue – Addressing the Mental Health and Resiliency of Black Fathers“. This comprehensive document provides a deep dive into the mental health issues that black fathers face, the barriers to mental health care, and the steps needed to promote mental resilience among this demographic.

Through a series of in-depth interviews, surveys, and literature reviews, the report provides an unparalleled insight into the lived experiences of black fathers. It presents a multi-faceted picture, highlighting the barriers that black fathers face, including systemic racism, limited mental health resources, and prevailing stigmas against mental health care within the community (Fathers Incorporated, 2023).

The report also presents actionable solutions to address these issues, emphasizing the need for a community-centered approach, inclusive mental health services, and culturally competent care. Moreover, the report advocates for policy changes that remove systemic barriers and ensure that black fathers have the necessary support and resources to maintain their mental health (American Psychiatric Association, 2017).

The launch of this report is a milestone in the fight to prioritize and address the mental health of black fathers. It serves as a beacon of hope, showing that with concerted effort, change is indeed possible. It provides a roadmap for future initiatives, indicating the direction that stakeholders, from policymakers to community organizations, should take to support the mental well-being of black fathers.

The Impact and the Way Forward

The Code Blue campaign, along with the subsequent launch of the report, has started vital conversations about the mental health of black fathers, propelling the issue to the forefront of societal awareness. It has shed light on a frequently overlooked demographic, pushing for recognition of their unique struggles and needs. The campaign’s efforts have already had a considerable impact, fostering a more inclusive dialogue around mental health and starting to chip away at the stigmas surrounding it (Watson, 2021).

As we move forward, the work of Fathers Incorporated serves as a guide. They have set the stage for a more inclusive and understanding society where the mental health of black fathers is recognized, supported, and prioritized. They have laid the foundation, and now it is up to everyone – from individual citizens to policymakers – to continue building upon it.

Following the Code Blue Campaign and the launch of the “Status: Code Blue – Addressing the Mental Health and Resiliency of Black Fathers” report, we must work to implement its recommendations. By fostering a culture that acknowledges and addresses the mental health struggles of black fathers, we can start to dismantle systemic barriers. This includes developing more inclusive mental health services, promoting culturally competent care, and pushing for changes in policies that currently hinder mental health care access for black fathers (American Psychiatric Association, 2017).

The “Status: Code Blue” report represents a watershed moment in the fight for black fathers’ mental health. It has not only provided much-needed data and insights but has also shown us the way forward. The report emphasizes that the mental health of black fathers is not merely a personal issue, but a societal one that requires collective action.

In conclusion, Fathers Incorporated’s Code Blue campaign and the subsequent report have successfully fuelled the urgency for addressing the mental health of black fathers. The organization has paved the way, giving us the tools and knowledge to take on this significant challenge. It is now up to us as a society to continue this essential work, ensuring that black fathers have the support, resources, and understanding they need to maintain their mental health and overall well-being.

APPRECIATIONS: Thank you to the Anne E. Casey Foundation and ADP for their financial support and encouragement in addressing mental health issues for Black Men and their families.


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  • American Psychological Association. (2018). Demographics of the U.S. psychology workforce: findings from the 2007-16 American Community Survey.
  • Fathers Incorporated. (2023). Status: Code Blue – Addressing the Mental Health and Resiliency of Black Fathers.
  • Noguera, P. (2015). The Trouble With Black Boys: The Role and Influence of Environmental and Cultural Factors on the Academic Performance of African American Males. Urban Education.
  • Watson, N. (2021). Racism and mental health. Public Health England.

Moynihan Institute for Fatherhood Policy and Research Institute

The Moynihan Institute for Fatherhood Research and Policy (MIFRP) utilizes the historical work of Moynihan as a base to research and introduce policy that will positively impact Black families, with the father as the focal point within the family. MIFRP devotes specific attention to addressing Health and Wellness, Popular Media Representations, Family Stability, and the Educational Involvement of Black fathers. Our basic assumption is that there is no fatherless child as all children have a biological father just as they have a biological mother. Fathers and father-figures have the potential to be resources to their children, the mother of their children, and their communities at-large.

Posted by Fathers Incorporated

Fathers Incorporated (FI) is a national, non-profit organization working to build stronger families and communities through the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood. Established in 2004, FI has a unique seat at the national table, working with leaders in the White House, Congress, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Family Law, and the Responsible Fatherhood Movement. FI works collaboratively with organizations around the country to identify and advocate for social and legislative changes that lead to healthy father involvement with children, regardless of the father’s marital or economic status, or geographic location. From employment and incarceration issues, to child support and domestic violence, FI addresses long-standing problems to achieve long-term results for children, their families, the communities, and nation in which they live.

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