Minority Mental Health
Minority Mental Health Awareness
At minorityhealth.hhs.gov/minority-mental-health/, the link to your site Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient at that location is a 404. At that sight I noticed that 6 of the populations were covered by women, three by men. It makes sense since men represent only around 25% of people practicing therapy, , 25% of people going to therapy,, the majority are white men, and while 75% of deaths by suicide are men, the behavioral health care system isn't set-up to work with them and the cultural training starting with gender markers a few moments after birth. The culture isn't set up to reduce suicide. It's set up to reach those with less serious intent to die by suicide and therefore increasing access is geared to women who have higher levels of risk factors for attempts, but significantly lower risk factors to actually die by suicide. Men aren't part of the equity lens, even the ones who are BIPOC or GBT. Having access versus actually having a system that is inclusive for men to utilize are two totally different things. And men through the ages continue to realize and accept that we're expendable.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic made it harder for racial and ethnic minority groups to get access to mental health and substance-use treatment services.
Throughout the month of Ju;y, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will focus on promoting tools and resources addressing the stigma about mental health among racial and ethnic minority populations.
OMH encourages state, tribal, and local leaders, community-based organizations, faith leaders, healthcare providers and individuals to educate theirr communities regarding mental health stigma.
Racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors including inaccessibility of high quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health.
The following factsheets provide a snapshot of the current state of mental health of minority populations and some factors that may contribute to mental health disparities among these groups.
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and partners will promote the free and accredited OMH e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. This program is part of OMHs Think Cultural Health E-learning courses, which aims to assist health professionals in building and sustaining culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
Through the Think Cultural Health website, OMH provides free e-learning courses in support of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).
Many organizations participate in National Minority Mental Health Month each July. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) features the WhyCare? Campaign to bring awareness to the importance of care in the treatment of mental health. The campaign also highlights the importance of care when it comes to everyday relationships with people who have mental health issues. Demonstrating how and why people care about those with mental illness helps raise awareness about the importance of treatment. Simply caring can have a life-changing effect on those with mental health issues.
Mental Health America celebrates National Minority Mental Health Month by asking the public to share videos, pictures, notes, poems and even graphics on social media with the hashtag #DepthOfMyIdentity. The social media posts should help others understand the life experiences, stereotypes, negative preconceptions and biases that can affect mental health and access to treatment. Through their posts, participants can share the labels they use to describe themselves, discuss how the perceptions of others have affected their mental health, and share advice that can help others if they were to encounter a similar situation.
Everyone who needs mental health treatment deserves access to quality care. National Minority Mental Health Month brings attention to the need to serve marginalized communities, and helps millions of minorities get the treatment they need.
American Hospital Association (AHA) COVID-19: Stress and Coping Resources Exit Disclaimer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resource: Coping with Stress
Communities during COVID-19
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide Exit Disclaimer
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Supporting Mental Health During COVID-19
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Report on Behavioral Health Disparities in Black and Latino
COVID-19 Resource: Alcohol and Substance
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