Monarch joins NAMI, others in observance of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
This 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 of cancer in 2006.
Mental illness affects one in four American families and one in 10 children in America, 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 and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.
Additionally, mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to NAMI. 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
“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.”
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:
Mental Health America – www.mentalhealthamerica.net/
Mental Health First Aid - http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
National Alliance on Mental Illness – www.NAMI.org
National Institute of Mental Health – www.nimh.nih.gov
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) – www.samhsa.gov/
American Psychological Association (APA) – www.apa.org/
For additional information about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and to access resources, visit: www.nami.org/minoritymentalhealthmonth.
Monarch, a statewide organization that serves thousands of people with mental illness, substance abuse disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities, offers a variety of behavioral health services, psychiatric assessments, medication management and other related-support services in Anson, Bladen, Columbus, Cabarrus, Davidson, Guilford, Harnett, Lee, Mecklenburg, Moore, Nash, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly, Union, Wake and Wilson counties. For more information, call (866) 272-7826 or visit www.MonarchNC.org.