According to the US Dept of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, “Minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.”
Established in 2008, the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month sheds light on disparities in mental health care among minority groups. Learn more about resources available, help in starting the conversation with a loved one you suspect is suffering, and other ways to get involved.
The stigma surrounding mental illness is slowly breaking down, but in some cultural groups, particularly some minorities, it remains strong. This stigma can prevent someone suffering from mental illness from seeking help for years. But there is hope. Organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED), and others can provide a wealth of information, inspirational stories, opportunities to become involved, events calendars and more.
Whether you are in need of mental health services, or want to be an advocate for those who suffer in silence, now is the time to explore your options. Don’t wait any longer. Help is available.
Infographic: Minority Mental Health
Mental Health Screening Tools
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. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.