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. Bebe Moore Campbell 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.
Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.
About Together for Mental Health
For 2022’s Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI will amplify the message of “Together for Mental Health.” We will use this time to bring our voices together to advocate for mental health and access to care through NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.
Together, we can realize our shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness — no matter their background, culture, ethnicity or identity — can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
Help us spread the word through awareness, support and advocacy activities. Share awareness information, images and graphics for #MMHAM throughout July.
America’s entire mental health system needs improvement, including when it comes to serving marginalized communities. Learn more about how you can get involved during this awareness month.
How to Engage with Together for Mental Health
During Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we will be uplifting the experiences of underrepresented communities through NAMI.org Personal Stories, NAMI Blogs, social media and our Strength over Silence documentary miniseries. Please help us show support by sharing and contributing.
Strength Over Silence Video Series: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community
In this ongoing docuseries, NAMI highlights perspectives on mental health across backgrounds and communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their resilience and recovery, emphasizing the importance of culture and identity in the mental health movement.
Blogs and Personal Stories
Erasing Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community
When My Mental Health Episode Made Headlines
Overcoming Cultural Stigma to Fight my Depression
We must do better and be better when it comes to...
We need to allow trans kids the space and respect to...
When we feel seen and connected as humans, our healing...
For years, I carried the fear that bars us from living...
I have come to understand that mental health is just as...
A friend once told me, you are never weak when you seek...
Join our movement to advocate for a better mental health care system by signing up for advocacy alerts and taking action when opportunities arise in your community.
Include some of our social media graphics in your posts throughout the month of July.
Hashtags to Use: #NotAlone, #Together4MH
CEOs Statement on Racism
“The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored.” Read NAMI CEO, Daniel H. Gillison’s, full statement about racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health.