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 Julianne Carbin, Executive Director of NAMI Wisconsin. “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 poorer quality of mental health care
- are underrepresented in mental health research
For more information and resources on National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, visit nami.org/nmmham.