July is Minority Mental Health Month

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african_american_manThe Surgeon General’s 2001 report on mental health and race/ethnicity showed that minorities are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for mental health issues.  Minorities are also more likely to encounter problems accessing care when they are diagnosed.  We at Families for Depression Awareness are fighting to bring light to these issues.


Those interested in learning more can:

  • Read our interview with Dr. Armando Rodriguez about the stigma of mental illness in Latino communities (now available in Spanish!)
  • Read our new profile on Jason, an African-American male who talks about difficulties accessing mental health care
  • Read Yolonda Kelsor Clay’s Mental Health Buzz entry about living with depression and the founding of NAMI Lexington’s MAC DIVAS AND DADIS
  • Visit NAMI National’s Multicultural Action Center webpage to find out about upcoming events and access other resources
  • Download or purchase our Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guides for Parents and Teens in Spanish
  • Look out for new Facebook posts, Mental Health Buzz blog entries, and family stories about minority mental health from us this month

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