July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announced July National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Congress set out to achieve two goals with National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month:
- Improve access to mental health treatment and services
- Promote public awareness of mental illness.
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. These hurdles prompted the creation of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us.
Check out our Videos page to watch the NAMI docuseries, Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community. This powerful docuseries highlights 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 resilience and recovery.
NAMI’s You Are Not Alone campaign features the lived experience of people affected by mental illness to fight stigma, inspire others, and educate the broader public. Now more than ever, the mental health community must come together and show that no one is ever alone. NAMI supports all diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, reminding everyone that you are not alone.
America’s entire mental health system needs improvement, including when it comes to serving marginalized communities. Learn more about how you can get involved with Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.