National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this.
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.
Americans in minority communities often face more barriers to recovery due to lack of access to health care, lower rates of medical coverage, cultural insensitivity of providers, bias and discrimination in the delivery of care, language barriers, and higher levels of stigma.
Active outreach and advocacy are vital to ensure that every individual has access to effective treatment and that stigma and discrimination do not affect the seeking out or quality of healthcare.