July is National Minority Mental Health Month Raising Awareness About the Unique Mental Health Issues of Underrepresented Groups and Marginalized Communities

In 2008, the United States House of Representatives designated July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, in honor of the best-selling African American author who wrote about mental health issues within families. Bebe Moore Campbell was a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a grassroots organization that helps to sponsor this annual awareness campaign.

For National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI is promoting the theme, “Why Care?” The purpose of this campaign is to “share the importance of care in our relationships to others, in mental health treatment and services and support and education to millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones.” According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors including inaccessibility of high-quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health.”

To discuss your treatment options with a healthcare professional, for mental health referrals, and to schedule an annual physical at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, you may visit our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.

Source: https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrist/cultural-competency/education/mental-health-facts