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Minority Mental Health Month - July

Mental Health

Save the date: July 29 at 2 pm ET. Join the National Minority Mental Health Month Twitter chat, hosted by Office of Minority Health (@minorityhealth) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (@samhsagov). Tweet with us using #MMHMchat.

News: Report finds gaps in treatment for some behavioral health conditions among racial/ethnic minority populations and people without health insurance


In May 2008, the United States House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, providing agencies with the opportunity to raise awareness about severe mental illness in diverse communities, while highlighting avenues for wellness and recovery.


Mental illness affects one in five adults and one in 10 children in America, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 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 and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care. Furthermore, mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet 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, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

During National Minority Mental Health Month, help raise awareness in your organization or community. Encourage your family, friends, loved ones and clients to learn more about improving mental health and illness.

Be Informed

Myths and Facts
Mental Health Disparities in Minority Populations
Talking About Mental Health
Community Conversations Toolkit
National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health

Resources and Tools

SAMHSA Office of Behavior Health Equity (En español)
Report: Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities through Integrated Health Care , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health & Office of Minority Health
Report: Eliminating Disparities through the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services for Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations, Including Individuals with Limited English Proficiency , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and HHS
Report: Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and HHS Office of Minority Health

Find more resources in the OMHRC Knowledge Center or contact the Office of Minority Health Resource Center at or 800-444-6472 for a customized search.




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