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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2022

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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for racial and ethnic minority groups to get access to mental health and substance-use treatment services.

About National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Bebe Campbell Moore was an author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate. Her advocacy grew out of supporting her children in their mental health struggles and seeing her community do the same. She became a national spokesperson for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and worked to break the stigma around mental illness in Black communities. She advocated for a bill in congress for national minority mental health awareness month — a bill that was amended and passed after her death to recognize July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

 

"Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can't we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans...It's not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible."

–Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005

 

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month attempts to shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities and others that face disproportionate inequities due to systemic barriers. Marginalized and oppressed people have unique concerns, trauma, stress, obstacles, and challenges because of historical experiences, cultural differences, and social disparities. They also face additional barriers to finding support and services because of additional stigma and systemic injustices.

 

Events

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and partners will promote the free and accredited OMH e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. This program is part of OMH’s Think Cultural Health E-learning courses, which aims to assist health professionals in building and sustaining culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Through the Think Cultural Health website, OMH provides free e-learning courses in support of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

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Additional Resources

COVID-19

LGBTQIA+

MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS AND TREATMENT

SUBSTANCE USE

TRAUMA AND VIOLENCE

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