July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

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

What is it like to live with mental illness? What is recovery? What can an individual or their family do to find help? NAMI proudly presents a short video offering moving testimony from NAMI leaders on their own experiences of mental health recovery and support with hope for all families and individuals living with mental illness to know how to find support through NAMI. To find more information, please visit http://bit.ly/xWOrTF Special thanks to Anita Fisher, Clarence Jordan, Keris Myrick, Joe Powell & James Williams.

For more information and resources on National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, visit nami.org/nmmham