For historically marginalized communities, traditional systems of care may overlook cultural and historical factors that impede BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) mental health.
Community care, self-directed care, and culturally-based practices are all valid and valuable choices people can make for their mental health – but they may not be aware of these options. COVID-19 revealed what many already knew: that communities of color face disproportionate barriers when it comes to mental and physical health access that address their needs.
We’re proud to recognize July as BIPOC Mental Health Month (also known as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month) to bring awareness to the unique struggles that communities of color face regarding mental illness in the United States.
Join us as we highlight:
Mental Health America campaign, #StrengthInCommunities, lifts up mental health supports created by BIPOC, for BIPOC.
Resources shared by the Office of Minority Health address the stigma about mental health among communities of color, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and important free e-training to increase assist health professionals with building culturally and linguistically appropriate services.