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Monthly Awareness Profiles
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month/July
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was founded in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
- Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition.
- Almost 25% of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino.
- Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic groups.
- In the past year, nearly 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native young adults had serious thoughts of suicide.
- In the past year, 1 in 7 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults had a diagnosable mental illness.
- Mental Health America
- National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (includes info on social media activities/hashtags for use this month)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Minority Health