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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

9-Minority Mental Health2This month, Monarch will join the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and thousands of others nationwide in observance of Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to raise awareness about severe mental illness in diverse communities.

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

“Unfortunately, disparities in mental health care still prevent people in diverse communities from getting the treatment they need. The outcomes of poorer quality of care come at a high cost to our community,” said Daniel Brown, MSW, LCSW, chief clinical officer at Monarch “Our goal is to educate people about mental illness, treatment and research, eliminate stigma and prevent economic burden. All people deserve access to quality mental health services.”

Mental illness affects one in four American families and people in diverse communities are no exception. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities:

  • Are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness
  • Have less access to and availability of mental health services
  • Often receive a poorer quality of mental health care
  • Are underrepresented in mental health research

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, help raise awareness in your community by encouraging your family, friends, loved ones and clients to learn more about improving mental health and illness. The following organizations offer additional important resources about mental health. To learn more, visit:

For additional information about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and to access resources and suggested activities, visit: www.nami.org/nmmham.

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