Mental illness affects one in four American families and people in diverse communities are no exception.
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, find out what OMH is doing to raise awareness around the topic of mental health in minority communities, while collaborating with partners for increased education.
Additional ResourcesEnhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach [PDF | 317KB]
Public Familiarity with National Health Disparities Reports and Awareness Campaigns is Low
African Americans Are More Aware of Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Fewer Than Two-Thirds of Americans Are Aware of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Modest Improvements in Awareness of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities over a Decade
ACA spotlights National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
NAMI Tools and Resources
In Living Color: Depression Treatment in Primary Care - A three-hour education course for primary care physicians serving traditionally underserved communities.
Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health - An outreach and education initiative aiming to create partnerships in African American faith communities.
Mental Health 101
Get InvolvedNational Minority Mental Health Month Media Contest
Yes To Life Panel Presentation
Organize an Event
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