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July 2019


Minority Mental Health Month 
 
Stories Break Stigma

Mental Health Screening
 


Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to educate Americans about how mental health is perceived and addressed among minority groups.
 
Mental illness does not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background, but background and identity can make access to treatment more difficult. 

Background
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was founded in 2008 to highlight the unique challenges that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.
 
Spread the Word
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is a chance to engage the community. The more we talk about mental health, the more normalized seeking treatment will become. You have the power to change minds and inspire new attitudes. We can be supporters of positive change, inclusion, support and recovery.

Here are some ways you can make a difference:
  • Speak upShare your experiences with mental illness. Help others realize they're not alone.
  • VolunteerYour involvement helps build closer ties between the community and the mental health system.
  • Educate: Talk to your family, friends and coworkers. One important step to raising awareness is to start a conversation.
Visit www.nami.org for more information about mental illness conditions, symptoms and treatment or call the HelpLine at 800-950-6264.
 


Depth of My Identity


Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. This July, Mental Health America (MHA) is highlighting the experiences of individuals from across a range of communities through their Depth of My Identity campaign. The goal of the campaign is to challenge stereotypical beliefs and perceptions by focusing on the ways your mental health journey relates to the depth of your identity. Help others understand your lived experiences and how we can all do better to address mental illness in our communities. Learn more.

Mental Health Screening

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Visit www.mhascreening.org to take a quick, confidential screening for a variety of mental health conditions. Use your results to start a conversation with your primary care provider, or a trusted friend or family member. Be aware of your mental health and get screened today!
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