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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted by on July 7th, 2023 Posted in: Advocacy, Blog
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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In 2008 July was declared as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Campbell (1950-2006) was a teacher, journalist and mental health advocate who was passionate about bringing awareness to mental health struggles minority communities often face.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. More than 1 in 5 US adults live with a mental illness. Mental health issues are treatable and often preventable, but not everyone has access to the resources they need. People in some racial and ethnic minority groups face more challenges than others getting mental health care. These can include factors such as lack of access to quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health.

Learn more about prioritizing Minority Mental Health with these resources below.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

MedlinePlus – Mental Health and Behavior Health Topics

PubMed – Minority Mental Health

Multilingual Health Media Resources on Mental Health and Behavior

Region 6 is working to improve health equity by establishing State Advisory Group (SAG) action plans and funding for each state. Many of these plans focus on minority mental health. See the list of each state plan here.

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Miles Dietz-Castel is the Communications and Finance Coordinator for the NNLM Region 6 Office.

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