BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month
July 1 - July 31
Mental Health in U.S.
Approximately 18% of US adults have a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, and approximately 4% of adults have a serious mental illness. Source: National Institute of Mental Health.
Mental Health, Diverse Populations and Disparities
Most racial/ethnic minority groups overall have similar—or in some cases, fewer—mental disorders than whites. However, the consequences of mental illness in minorities may be long lasting.
- Number of African Americans with Mental Illness: 6.8 million (17%) Source
- Number of Latinx/Hispanic Americans with Mental Illness: 8.9 million (15%) Source
- Number of Asian Americans with Mental Illness: 2.2 million (13%) Source
- Number of Native Americans/Alaskan Natives with Mental Illness: 830,000 (23%) Source
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized nationwide to bring understanding of the mental health needs and experiences within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities, and others who face disproportionate inequities in care, support or mental health services in this country.
The History of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
On June 2, 2008, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was formally recognized by Congress “to enhance public awareness of mental illness, especially within minority communities” in the U.S. Campbell was an author, journalist and teacher, and she worked tirelessly as a mental health advocate to support the mental health needs of underrepresented communities. Campbell also founded NAMI-Inglewood in a predominantly Black neighborhood to create a space that was safe for Black people to talk about mental health concerns.
“Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans…It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible.”
–Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005
Please join Sisters Taking On the Prevention of Suicide as we recognize Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.