July 2019 is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month!
One in 5—60 million Americans—are affected by mental health conditions each year.
Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background.
However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Monthwas established in 2008 to start changing this.
Minority Mental Health Facts
• Mental health treatment differs among racial/ethnic identity groups and other minority communities. These disparities point to significant social and structural barriers to care.
• The highest prevalence of mental illness is among mixed/multiracial adults—nearly 1 in 3 reported that they experienced a mental illness in 2017.
• The lowest rate of treatment use is among Asian adults. Only 1 in 5 Asian adults with a mental illness reported that they received treatment in 2017.
• Gay, lesbian, or bisexual adults are more than 2x as likely to experience a mental illness compared to their heterosexual peers.
MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH MONTH STORYTELLING
Strength Over Silence Video Series: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community
In this ongoing documentary miniseries, NAMI explores unique perspectives on mental health from the African-American and Latinx communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their journeys of resiliency and recovery.
• Coming soon: Chris Hubbard, NAMI Ambassador and offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL
• Lorenzo Lewis, founder of The Confess Project
• A.J. Mendez, NAMI Ambassador and author, advocate and former WWE wrestler
• Jasmin Pierre, mental health advocate
View the videos here and please share with your networks: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Minority-Mental-Health-Awareness-Month/Strength-Over-Silence-Stories-of-Courage-Culture
NAMI Blog: In July, the NAMI Blog will feature 14 personal stories from diverse communities. New posts are added weekly. Be sure to check out the NAMI Blog and look for posts on our social media featuring quotes from our blog authors. https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog
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