People of all walks of life can benefit from mental health services — but many communities continue to be underserved due to lack of awareness or support. To counteract this problem, July has been designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness month. Here’s what you should know about this advocacy platform.
The History of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is actually relatively new, first announced by the United States House of Representatives in 2008. With bipartisan backing, the resolution was meant to honor advocate Bebe Moore Campbell, who was the co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles. Campbell died of cancer in 2006 after a lifelong effort to improve access to mental health services among minority groups.
Why This Advocacy Matters
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month has two primary goals: improving access to mental health services among minorities and increasing public awareness of how mental health issues affect minority groups. Racial, sexual, and religious minorities all face a unique range of mental health challenges that can be ignored or misunderstood by the population at large. By increasing awareness and improving access to valuable resources, everyone can get the help they need to live a full, happy life.
Mental Health Services
Here at OneEighty, we strongly believe in helping minorities in Wayne and Holmes Counties, as well as all of Ohio, gain access to the mental health services they need. But we can’t do it alone. Now that you know more, look for ways that you can get involved in your community to bring awareness to this important issue.