July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness month! It's time to come together and increase awareness of mental illness and mental health promotion while embracing the diversity of our community.
Choose one or more personal and/or community steps below and pledge to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in your own life and in your community.
☐ Take care of my own personal health and well-being, and get help if I experience a health problem or a stressful situation that I don't know how to handle.
☐ Talk to others about the promotion of mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being in diverse communities.
☐ Encourage my children, friends, and/or family members to improve their mental, emotional, and behavioral health by promoting rest, a healthy diet, physical exercise, and time outdoors.
☐ Learn about and support innovative programs for diverse communities such as those featured through NNEDshare - the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health's (NNED) on-line collaborative space.
☐ Point loved ones in the direction of resources that can help them improve their mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.
☐ Talk with a friend or loved one who has been having a difficult time and discuss things that are bothering him/her.
☐ Share my story of strength, resiliency and cultural perspective of how mental health affects me so that others know "you are not alone."
☐ Spread the word by posting about and linking to National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month on Facebook (fb.com/minoritymentalhealth) and Twitter (#minoritymentalhealth) and on blogs or websites.
☐ Attend a National Minority Mental Health Awareness event.
☐ Host an educational event to target and partner with specific or diverse cultural groups in an accessible and familiar setting.
☐ Offer mental health information or a free mental health screening at a community-wide event such as an activity fair, festival, block party, etc.
☐ Make a July book club selection featuring a minority perspective of mental health issues or donate books related to cultural experiences, perspectives and/or mental health information.
☐ Contribute my own story or other reflections to traditional news outlets prominent in cultural communities in my area.
☐ Encourage friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones to sign the National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Pledge!
I know that minority mental health awareness matters! I pledge to take action to increase awareness of mental illness and mental health promotion while embracing the diversity of our community. I recognize that I have the ability to make a difference — in my own life, in the lives of my friends and family, and in my community. I pledge to take responsibility for the daily choices that I make and to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.