National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Is a Time for Action

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. At, CM our values of social justice and equity guide our work and passions. July is a time to further highlight the need for all of us to increase our awareness and knowledge and turn that into action. We are always eager to share our content and training experiences in addressing health disparities and equity.

Here are a few resources to share:

NNED share: a collaborative space to share resources and intervention efforts to improve the delivery of behavioral health care interventions in diverse populations, learn about resources and innovative community efforts across the county, and connect with others to learn from each other and support each other’s efforts.

NNED Community-defined Evidence Project Learning Cluster: This project developed an inventory of effective practices in the Latino community and an approach to community-defined evidence applicable to ethnic and cultural groups and was related to the development of the CRDP in CA through the leadership of Dr. Rachel Guerrero.

NAMI Infographic on Minority Mental Health: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has developed fact sheets and infographics about the prevalence and impact of mental illness in diverse communities.

Advancing Health Equity for Native American Youth: This report summarizes presentations and discussions from a workshop by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Presenters describe cultural strengths, including community traditions and beliefs, social support networks, close-knit families, and individual resilience.

Black & African American Communities and Mental Health: Mental Health America has developed unique materials for Black/African Americans, you can download brochures, fact sheets and access other resources on their website.

A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Boys and Men: This brief highlights the issues related to (a) gender and identity, (b) social determinants of health and well-being, (c) mental health, substance use, and sexual health, (d) misdiagnosis, treatment bias, and the lack of culturally competent screening instruments and treatment strategies in behavioral health, (d) the impact of profiling and stereotypes on behavior, and (e) unique culturally based strategies and programs.

Mental Health — Faith & Spirituality: This brief was developed by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The organizations are working together to increase mental health awareness in the African American community.