In 2008, July was designated as the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by the U.S. House of Representatives. Bebe Campbell was an New York Times Magazine best-selling author and advocate for her daughter, actor Maia Campbell of “In the House”, that was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bebe Moore Campbell was instrumental in helping to shift the mental health culture and break down systemic barriers in underserved communities should be recognized forever.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which is observed each July, brings awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness internationally.
Mental health includes many things, such as our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, make decisions and how we live.
Minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors, including a lack of access to quality mental health care services, cultural biases surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and an overall lack of awareness and understanding about mental health.
To learn more about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, please review the resources below: