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.Background
Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. 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 Awareness 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.
This month, Take Action to raise awareness about mental health!
July 16, 2 pm: Register for a webinar on integrated care, hosted by the Office of Minority Health and SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions.
July 18, 2 pm: Join us for a Twitter chat with SAMHSA, National Office of Drug Control Policy and NAMI. Tweet with us using the hashtag #MMHchat. More information to come soon.
Research & Data Tools
Report:Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities through Integrated Health Care [PDF | 96KB] , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health & Office of Minority Health (January 2013)Cultural Competency
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 [PDF | 361KB] , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and HHS (September 2012)
Report:Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach [PDF | 318KB] , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and HHS Office of Minority Health (June 2012)
What's Your M3? (New screening tool with apps for iPhone and Android)
Campaigns and Web sites
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