About National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It was started in 2008 by Bebe Moore and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The event seeks to shine a light on the need for better mental health care in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and LGBTQ+ communities.
Why minorities aren't getting the mental health care they need
The reasons for this disparity in mental health care are many. Just a few of these include...
What you can do
1. Break the stigma. Share your and your family's experiences. Keeping mental health issues "behind closed doors" only fuels the stigma associated with this type of health care.
2. Write your congressmen and congresswomen. Keeping access to health insurance for minorities and low income Americans via the Affordable Care Act is essential to making quality health care available to all Americans. Make sure your representative to Congress knows where you stand on this important issue.
3. Encourage your friends and neighbors to seek help when they need it. Knowing they aren't alone will go a long way towards helping people seek the health care they need. Always know that you can reach out to PORT Health Services if you or a loved one is in need.
To learn more about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, visit nami.org.