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July is Minority Mental Health Month – Increasing Public Awareness and Access to Mental Health Services

In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announced July 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 achieve two goals:

    • Improve access to mental health treatment and services
    • Enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

“Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans…It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible.”
-Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005

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