July is Minority Mental Health Month!
There’s a lot to celebrate in July from Summertime to the Celebration of Independence (aka. The Fourth of July)! But, did you know that July is also Minority Mental Health Awareness Month?
For those of you history buffs out there, Minority Mental Health Month was started in 2008 to bring awareness to the mental health struggles that are unique to the underrepresented groups in the US.
“Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage, and erasing the stigma around mental illness requires all of us “
Breaking the Stigma: Minority Mental Health Awareness
In my ongoing mission to actively work on breaking this stigma it’s vital we draw attention to the message of Minority Mental Health Month.
A message that NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) proudly displays during this month on their website is one we strongly agree with.
“Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage, and erasing the stigma around mental illness requires all of us.”
Curious about how to get involved with Minority Mental Health? Check out this article from NAMI on how to start getting involved today!
One of the steps in NAMI’s article, notes the importance of finding a culturally competent provider.
Together Lets Bring Awareness to Courage
This week I wanted to leave you with an awesome 3 three-part documentary series created by NAMI titled, Strength Over Silence: Stories Of Courage, Culture And Community.
In this docuseries, NAMI explores the unique perspectives of mental health from individuals of minority groups who candidly and courageously share their experiences and journeys through their mental health struggles, resiliency & recovery.
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We look forward to talking with you soon!
Victoria Schmick-DiStefano, LMHC
Utilization Review Director