Mental health conditions do not discriminate, any race, gender, and ethnicity can be affected by poor mental health. The challenges of mental health conditions also do not discriminate. However, the percentage of people seeking treatment decreases in minority communities for several reasons. Some of these reasons include: limited access to treatment, poorer quality of care, higher levels of stigma, and language barriers. This is why we want to bring awareness to this issue. July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In 2017, about 2.5 million young adults, ages ranging from 18-25, had a serious mental illness.
How Was It Started?
Established in 2008 on the basis of wanting to change how background and identity can make access to mental health treatment harder, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month brings awareness to the struggles minorities have when it comes to getting help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides excellent resources for learning more. They run a blog that features stories from underrepresented communities and post weekly. Also, throughout the month of July, they will be featuring personal stories about how culture impacts mental health.
Who is Bebe Moore Campbell?
Campbell was a champion for mental health education and support among individuals of diverse communities. She was also a leading African American author and co-founded National Alliance on Mental Health Urban Los Angeles. For more on Bebe Moore Campbell and what all she had accomplished in her lifetime, visit her History Makers page.
It is important to educate ourselves on issues like this on how common hardships are when it comes to minorities getting help for their mental health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health offers accredited e-learning programs for people in the health care sector to develop their knowledge of these hardships. Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals is one of these programs that were developed to help health professionals expand the knowledge and skills to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services. For more education opportunities visit their website!
Your mental health and wellness is so important. And it requires attention. And we know that sometimes it can hard to give it the attention it needs. But here at Mathews Counseling we are here to help you do just that.
At Mathews Counseling, all of our therapists are highly qualified with a minimum of a Master’s degree in a mental health field, licensed by a state board, and experienced in the areas listed on their bios. We are sure there are a number of other questions you may have with regards to starting therapy and we are happy to answer any of them.