Formally recognized in June 2008, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed each July and was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States.
Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate who worked tirelessly to shed light on the mental health needs of the Black community and other underrepresented communities.
People and language evolve, and Mental Health America (MHA) has chosen to remove the word “minority” from our toolkit and will be phasing it out on our materials. Instead, we are using a different designation – BIPOC – that we believe more fairly honors and distinguishes the experiences of Blacks, Indigenous People, and People of Color.
In an effort to continue the visionary work of Bebe Moore Campbell, each year MHA develops a public education campaign dedicated to addressing the needs of BIPOC.
For this July, MHA has developed content for our 2020 BIPOC Mental Health Month toolkit that is both timely and hopefully evergreen, including:
- Links to updated information on our website;
- Lists of resources specifically for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities;
- Handouts on racism and mental health and racial trauma;
- An infographic built from MHA screening data on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ mental health;
- A Call to Action for people to share how discrimination and/or racism have affected their mental health using the hashtag #ImpactofTrauma;
- And more!
We hope that you will join us as take a critical lens at the mental health space and how trauma has impacted the lives and wellbeing of BIPOC, while celebrating resiliency in the face of adversity.
How You Can Get Involved
We want to create an opportunity where people can listen and learn from each other about why it’s important to talk about racism and mental health and how it’s affected them.
Share how racism has affected your mental health with the hashtag #ImpactOfTrauma and show others how you are resilient. Whether it’s a text post, a piece of art, or a video, tell your story so that we can amplify it.