National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month offers organizations of all types and sizes a wonderful opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as this special month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. Since then, many organizations have hosted a variety of events and activities in communities across the country each year.
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Get the 2013 National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month posters and logos here!
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Host an event and target a specific or diverse cultural group of participants
Partner with culturally-focused community organizations
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About Bebe Moore Campbell
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month came into being in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell, an accomplished author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and national spokesperson, who passed away Nov. 2006. More...
History and Highlights
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Activity planning contest for NAMI state organizations and affiliates
NAMI state organizations and affiliates are encouraged to enter our National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013 Activity Planning Contest by May 31. Three selected winners will receive cash prizes to support their plans.
To help you prepare and celebrate, NAMI and the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) are coming together again this year to provide great national webinar series for interested individuals and organizations big and small. Please register, mark your calendar with the following dates and watch for updates to come:
History and Highlights: Learn about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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Learn about how Bebe Moore Campbell, loving mother, NAMI member and respected author, inspired this special month to increase public awareness of mental health among minority communities and increase access to services and support. Now what can you do? The session will provide an overview of available resources to help you plan your own event and celebrate the month.
Dr. Linda Wharton Boyd, Special Assistant, DC Department of Health -- Was a personal friend of the late Bebe Moore Campbell and played an active role in the dedication of NMMHAM in Campbell’s honor
Elicia Goodsoldier, NAMI Colorado Board of Directors -- Recipient of the 2012 Boulder County Multicultural Award
Are You Ready? Planning and Preparing for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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Already have an idea or plan for July? Share it! You may find some new ideas too. This webinar will provide customizable resources and concrete examples of activities from previous years. Whether you plan to recognize this month personally or with a group, this webinar will equip you with the tools and suggestions for a successful endeavor.
Cecily Rodriguez, Director, Office of Cultural Competence, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Marin Swesey, Program Manager, NAMI Multicultural Action Center
NEXT UP>> Our Strength and Support: Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - register now
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
A panel of inspiring presenters will share their perspectives on mental health in minority communities, emphasizing the strengths of our cultural communities to come together to find support and carry a banner of hope for all individuals touched by mental illness.