July is National Minority Mental Health Month

Why Important?

Despite advances in health equity, mental health continues to have wide disparities among our ethnic and racial populations. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality confirms that non-white ethnic and racial groups have less access to mental health services, are less likely to use community mental health services, and are more likely to use emergency departments. These disparities result in poorer mental health outcomes for these populations including suicide.

What Can I do?

As an individual

As a mental health professional

If you or a family member are experiencing emotional/distressing mental health issues, seek assistance from a local mental health provider. Don’t know where to start? Call the SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

You can speak confidentially with a trained counselor, free of charge 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Counselors provide assistance with referrals for local treatment, support groups, and community-based organizations. (Available in English or espanõl)

Take this opportunity to visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health to explore how you can expand your cultural competency in behavioral health.