July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was founded in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).
We are complex beings that can’t be categorized into neat little boxes – and neither should our experiences.
However, there are shared misconceptions among many minority and/or marginalized communities that we must address to change the way we think about mental illness - especially, when we begin to recognize that mental illness is often treated as an individual weakness, or character flaw, among these populations.
This July, MHA’s Minority Mental Health Month campaign, #NotACharacterFlaw will explore stories told by individuals who identify as part of a minority community about their experiences with mental illness and recovery. We hope that sharing these stories will encourage underrepresented communities to speak out about how mental illness affects them and remove the stigma associated with these conditions.
This month, we want to encourage everyone to share their stories - especially as it relates to different cultures and backgrounds – and learn more about how cultural and institutional stressors can affect mental health.