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July is National Minority Mental Health Month

Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. 

AWARENESS

You are not alone

Regardless of age, race, or who you are, anyone can experience problems with a mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), every year, one in every five adults will experience a mental illness. That’s an astounding 20 percent of the population!

Unfortunately, even though everyone can experience mental illness, not every person from every walk of life or background is going to have the same access to the psychological treatment they need to properly deal with their mental health so in 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives established the month of July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Bebe Moore Campbell was the co-founder of NAMI, and worked tirelessly to advocate for individuals in minority crowds to receive the proper education and treatment for their mental health. 

July is Minority Mental Health Month - you are not alone

STATS

Facts You Should Know

July is Minority Mental Health Month - african american

African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience mental health issues. 

Only 2.3 percent of Black or Hispanic young people see someone for mental health issues every year.

Native Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 have the highest suicide rates of any ethnic group.

40 percent of Native Americans who die by suicide are between 15 and 24 years old.

July is Minority Mental Health Month - native american
July is Minority Mental Health Month - native american

Native Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 have the highest suicide rates of any ethnic group.

40 percent of Native Americans who die by suicide are between 15 and 24 years old.

July is Minority Mental Health Month - black

40 percent of white American adults seek treatment regular for their mental health, but only about 25 percent of African American adults do the same.

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Ways to Get Help

This NAMI infographic highlights how culture can affect mental health and the ability to get care.

NAMI-Multicultural-Infographic

Getting Help

Multicultural communities often face unique issues when getting care for mental health, but we are here for you.