I almost missed the opportunity to share in Mental Illness Awareness Week. I have three diagnosed conditions so this is an important issue for me. I hope you will take time to better understand issues facing people with mental illness.
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this.
Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.