July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month


Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. Nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help.  National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month sheds light of awareness and hope on these vulnerable populations.

The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as this special month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. Since then, the National Network to Eliminate Disparities (a SAMHSA-supported initiative), NAMI, and NAMI affiliates have been partnering every year to host a variety of events and activities in communities across the country.

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