Since 2008, July has been recognized as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a time to raise attention and acknowledge the unique struggles that minority communities face in terms of mental illness in the United States. Often those who are systematically oppressed suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to cultural stigma and lack of access to mental health care services. Remember to take some time this month to check in with your friends from oppressed populations to see how they’re feeling both mentally and physically. A simple “hello” or a kind gesture can go a long way.
To learn more, check out our recommended reading list below or stop by the main level of the library for our Minority Mental Health Awareness display.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.