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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.
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.