Bebe Moore Campbell was an accomplished novelist, advocate for mental illness, national spokesperson, and co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles. She strived to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and taught the importance of mental health education in communities of color. Although Campbell passed away due to brain cancer in November 2006, her family and friends advocated on her behalf to continue her dream of raising mental health awareness. In May 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives declared July National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and Campbell’s dream came true. The month aims to improve access to mental health treatment and services for multicultural communities through increased public awareness.
Governor Walker officially declared July 2014 as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in Wisconsin! On July 8, Governor Walker and Secretary of State Douglas La Follette signed the proclamation that states:
- Mental health is essential to everyone, and there should be no stigma attached to anyone seeking mental health care
- Disparities in mental health can be reduced by the development and implementation of policies which reduce barriers to access, and by improving community outreach and engagement which ensure competent care for diverse communities
- Individuals with mental illness and their families should have the necessary information and the opportunity to make the right choices about their care which can lead to better treatment and support
- Every individual should have the opportunity for early and appropriate mental health screening, assessment and referral for treatment, including screening for mental disorders in child welfare agencies, in the criminal justice system and in substance abuse and primary care settings
- Every adult and child with mental illness should have ready access to the best treatments and services which can lead to recovery
- The mental health care system should inform all individuals with mental illness, providers, and public policy makers with quality, accessible, and accountable information
Thank you to Governor Walker for supporting our mission!
Join us in celebrating July and minority mental health!