July is BIPOC Mental Health Month
Established in 2008 in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell, the formally recognized National Minority Mental Health Awareness month was created to bring awareness to the unique mental health struggles that underrepresented groups in the U.S. experience. Anyone can experience mental health challenges; they do not discriminate based on race, age, gender, or identity. At the same time, one’s background and identities can present unique experiences, specific barriers, and opportunities to get support. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and underrepresented communities face additional barriers including structural racism, access to quality care, and cultural stigmas.
This year Mental Health America is going #BeyondtheNumbers with a BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit. Join Balanced You and Mental Health America, and together we will gain knowledge of historical context, systems of support, and actionable ways to move forward toward a mentally healthy future.