July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

 

 

Bebe Moore Campbell

1950-2006

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.

One in five children suffers from a diagnosable mental illness during any given year. The treatment success rate for children’s mental health disorders is 80%, yet in any given year, only 20% of those children with mental disorders are identified and receive mental health services.

Sadly, many people forgo care for behavioral health issues in fear of being stigmatized by their community. It is time to come together and increase awareness of mental illness and mental health promotion while embracing diversity. Choose personal and/or community steps and pledge to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in your own life and in your community.

You are invited to check out these books by Bebe Moore Campbell:

‘Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry’:  a book for children, which helps them understand bipolar disease.

72 Hour Hold: this book challenges African Americans to talk honestly about mental illness and how its treatment affects their families.

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