National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was founded in 2008 to help raise awareness about mental illness and its effects on racial and ethnic minority populations. The US House of Representatives designated July of each year as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Albert Wynn
[D-MD] and cosponsored by a large bipartisan group to improve access to mental health treatment and services and promote public awareness of mental illness.
Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this.
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.
Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.