National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - MindSpring Mental Health Alliance (formerly NAMI Greater Des Moines)
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - MindSpring Mental Health Alliance (formerly NAMI Greater Des Moines)
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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Years Ago a Movement Began. . .

Inspired by Bebe Moore Campbell's charge to eliminate stigma and provide mental health information, long time friend Linda Wharton-Boyd suggested dedicating a month to the effort.  Their work would eventually be recognized by Congress.  

In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives designated July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in honor of the leading African American novelist and journalist, who also was a voice for individuals and families affected by mental Illness. She died in 2006. 


Personal Essays on Minority Mental Health

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You Can't "Pray Away" A Mental Health Condition
"With all that my culture had to deal with throughout history, present-day African-Americans feel we don't need help mentally. All we need to do today is the same our ancestors did, which is: 'Pray about it. Give it to God.' But you wouldn't tell someone with cancer, diabetes or heart problem to just pray about it or give it to God, would you?"
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What Their Writing Told Me:  The Taboo of Mental Illness in the Hispanic Community - click here

 
 

The following sources have information on: 

  • demographics/societal issues
  • prevalence
  • attitude 
  • treatment issues
  • access/insurance issues
  • educational issues

Black and African American Communities and Mental Health

Latino and Hispanic Communities and Mental Health

Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health

Native American Communities and Mental Health


Native American mental health
The National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research,  
Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health

Hispanic mental health
The National Latino Behavioral Health Association 

African American mental health
Black Mental Health Alliance

Asian American mental health
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

LGBTQ mental health
The Trevor Project


A July 2021 email included additional information of interest regarding July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

 

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