Mental illness does not discriminate, and more than 40 million Americans experience them each year regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, or socioeconomic status. July is National Minority Mental Health Month—a time to raise awareness about the unique psychological struggles that people from racial and ethnic minority communities face.
For National Minority Mental Health Month, NIMHD is sharing reflections and resources about the challenges, stigma, and access to mental health providers minorities often experience. We encourage you to educate yourself, your families, and your communities about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Reflections: Prior NIMHD Insights Blog Posts
- July Is the Best Month to Start a New Year of Working on Mental Health
- American Indian/Alaska Native Mental Health: Our Voices, Traditions and Values to Strengthen our Collective Wellness
- Centering Structural Inequities in Conversations on Mental Health Among People of Color
- My Message to African American Men: There’s No Shame in Seeking Help with Mental Health
- Healthy Mind Initiative Addresses Mental Health of Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth
- Minorities and Mental Health: Moving Beyond Stigma
- Brother You’re on My Mind Toolkit
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Supporting Mental Health During COVID-19
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Report on COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities in Black and Latino Communities in the U.S.
- NIMH: Coping with Traumatic Events (nih.gov)
- NIMH: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disasters and Other Traumatic Events: What Parents, Rescue Workers, and the Community Can Do (nih.gov)
- HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH): Violence Related Trauma Resources
- SAMHSA: Behavioral Health Equity
- Department of Health and Human Services: Mentalhealth.gov