In 2008, Congress named July National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The purpose of this month is to bring awareness to issues surrounding mental health in minority communities where, due to reasons ranging from stigma to finances, mental health treatment is sorely lacking.
Here are some mind-boggling statistics on the state of mental health in ethnic minority communities:
So what can we do about this situation? How can we increase the awareness within minority communities regarding mental health? First, we need to recognize that mental illness does not give a shit what your background is. One out of five people is affected by some kind of mental illness; meaning anyone is susceptible. Pretending otherwise is foolhardy.
Secondly, no matter who you are or what your background is, if you or someone you love is struggling with mental health problems, encourage them to seek help either by finding a therapist or looking for different mental health resources. Do not assume they can just “snap out of it”. Fighting this battle alone is not an option. Help is available, regardless of your ethnicity.