WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
As July comes to an end we must reflect on what was formerly known as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In 2008, July became National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell: an American author, teacher, journalist, and mental health advocate. Campbell, pioneered and worked to spread awareness of mental health in marginalized communities. July is dedicated to spreading awareness about the unique struggles of mental health in underrepresented groups: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). Did you know according American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Mental Health Disparities: Diverse Populations, in any single race identifying group Native and Indigenous Americans have the highest rate of mental illness.
As of 2020 the Mental Health America (MHA) has chosen to remove the term ‘minority’ from their toolkit and now emphasizes ‘BIPOC’ to further distinguish and fairly address the individual struggles of Black, Indigenous, People of Color. This year the focal point of awareness was dedicated to the impact of trauma, more specifically the impact of racial trauma on BIPOC individuals. Racial trauma or Raced Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS) is a mental/emotional injury that is caused by racial bias, racism, and ethnic discrimination.
It is urgent now, especially in our social climate, to provide each other with the support and resources that are necessary for mental health, and the MHA has created a downloadable 2020 toolkit to further inform you about BIPOC mental health. Below are more links and resources that support BIPOC mental health.