According to the APA journal, ethnic minorities are still receiving inferior mental health treatment. This includes cost gaps, humiliating experiences, and overall poor quality of services. Living with mental illness is already hard, and unequal treatment should not complicate it further. Everyone should receive the treatment they deserve.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which takes place in July, allows minorities affected by mental illnesses to educate and inspire others by sharing their stories. You can spread awareness about minority mental health inequality and encourage others to take a stand with you by listening to and sharing stories.
If a loved one is suffering from mental illness, research information to help you better understand their situation and approach it sensitively. Check out our blog post on dealing emotionally with mental illness. This will help you know how to encourage others to share their stories in a safe environment, whether it be with you or with your community.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers many ideas on their website about how to spread awareness. These ideas include showing your support on social media, funding research, or even hosting a local event to educate your community. The more people are aware of mental health issues, the closer they are to making a difference.
Share Your Story
If you are affected by a mental illness, your story can make a difference. Whether on your own or through a support group, sharing your story will help you connect to others going through similar situations. This can dramatically improve how you understand your own mental health and the sitautions faced by everyone around you.
The Community Mental Health Journal published a study that found that the family members of those living with mental health challenges can help others recover by providing moral support, practical support, and motivation to recover. Sharing your story can encourage those around you to give the love and support you need. It can also inspire people in your community to get involved.
Join the Campaign
NAMI’s You are Not Alone Campaign gives minorities suffering from a mental illness a chance to reach out to others by submitting either a story, video, or picture that best captures their experiences.
The campaign allows public access to the stories, which helps builds a sense of community and awareness. Join the campaign to share your story and help start National Minority Mental Health Awareness month with a bang.