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Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity. However, a person’s culture and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult.
NAMI recognizes July as the Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and a chance for us to highlight the message that no one is alone no matter their background, culture, ethnicity, or identity.
NAMI Vermont understands that words like “minority” and “marginalized” can be considered discriminatory language. There have been recent nationwide discussions about changing the name of this month to be more inclusive and emphasize how everyone has mental health. We are encouraged by these discussions and growing awareness.
What there is consensus on is the need to raise awareness about how background and identity can make access to mental health treatment more difficult. How facing racial discrimination can significantly worsen symptoms. “The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored,” says NAMI CEO Daniel Gillison.
Help us raise awareness this month about mental health in underrepresented communities. And let’s remind each other that no one is alone. Let NAMI Vermont help you find the resources and support you need when you need it most.