In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announced July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Ms.Campbell was frustrated when it took too long for her loved ones to accept their diagnosis and for the family to heal. She started a campaign to destigmatize mental illness and advocated for mental health awareness, education, support and better access for treatment among individuals of diverse communities.
The Family Conservancy works to meet the needs of all members of the community and wants to ensure that everyone has access to quality, culturally competent care. Our services are provided regardless of race, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, gender, economic status, education level, marital status, and gender identify. We have bilingual staff that speak Spanish and English available for services. You can learn more about our services or schedule an appointment here.
Mental Health of America has created some helpful links and resources:
- Infographic about Minority Mental Health for statistics / facts about mental illness within minority populations with some great information and resources for meeting the needs of minority populations.
- Minority Mental Health for additional information about specific needs of different minority groups, information about policy issues and positions relevant to minority populations and materials in Spanish for accessing resources.
Strategies to improve behavioral health treatment with minorities:
- Therapists need to be trauma informed, aware, sensitive and responsive to the diverse experiences of clients.
- Staff should receive regular cultural competency training and have access to effective culturally specific treatment tools for screening and intervention.
- Mental Health providers should connect with community partners that have a strong understanding of the needs of diverse clientele.
Agencies should focus on reviewing policies and procedures that will help meet the needs of minority clients.