Earlier this year we took part in Mental Health Awareness Month in order to raise awareness and #CureStigma surrounding people who struggle with mental health issues.
During the month of July, we are now taking part in raising awareness during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Individuals who suffer from a mental health issue often struggle in silence, especially when it comes to overcoming the stigma still associated with mental health.
In 2008, the United States House of Representatives approved naming July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Health Awareness Month. The resolution was approved after it was introduced by Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD) and co-sponsored by a large bipartisan group of fellow representatives.
The House of Representatives wanted to recognize and honor Bebe Moore Campbell, a co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles, author, advocate, and national spokesperson for mental health education and support among individuals of diverse backgrounds. She passed away in 2006.
The major goals of this resolution were to improve access to mental health treatment and services, as well as promote public awareness of these issues, and to enhance awareness of mental health issues primarily among minority communities.
While mental health issues do not discriminate based on race, gender, or identity, receiving proper treatment and access to it can be made more difficult based on race.
OneEighty is proud to work with groups such as the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) to raise awareness surrounding issues where minority communities have a problem receiving proper treatment to mental health issues, such as addiction services or counseling.
So throughout the month of July, please join us in raising awareness on mental health in minority communities and to #CureStigma.