Addressing barriers to mental health care access Even without a global pandemic, communities of color struggle against the stigma in order to address their mental health needs. “(BLHF) recognizes that during this difficult time, affording the cost of mental health services can be a barrier in the African American community. Tips to manage your mental health Finally, mental health and medical experts are acknowledging the impact of stress, post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), depression, trauma, and other mental health struggles in Black communities. “Boosting our internal coping skills is our best defense to manage our mental health during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Brown says. Manage medications If you have a diagnosis and have been prescribed medication to manage your mental health, keep taking it.