National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month at a Glance

Publication Date: Jul 24, 2020

Ian Vize
Student Intern, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, & PTTC


Photo of Bebe Moore Campbell
Bebe Moore Campbell

In 2008, the United States Congress formally recognized Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding access to mental health treatment in the United States. Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity, yet minority groups consistently face more barriers in receiving the treatment they need.

As the Office of Minority Health (OMH) states,

“Despite advances in health equity, there is no doubt many disparities in mental health care that exist to this day. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less like to use community health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care. Poor mental health care access and quality of care contribute to poor mental health outcomes, including suicide, among racial and ethnic minority populations.”

For more information regarding mental and behavioral health data for each population, click on one of the links below, provided by the OMH.

The Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC have developed several series and resources to help providers in Region 5 and beyond address disparities in behavioral health care. Our recent series, Providing Culturally Relevant Services During COVID-19, discusses the impact of the pandemic crisis on communities of color. In Part 1, The Morbidity of National Trust and Mental Health Disparities: Past, Present, and Future, Albert Thompson expands our focus from the world's present circumstances so we can better understand how society has responded to past health crises and the disproportionately devastating impact these events had, and continue to have, on marginalized populations. In Part 2, Dr. Michelle Evans describes some of the cultural factors that affect how Hispanic and Latino communities access behavioral health care.  In Part 3, Dr. Pang Foua Yang Rhodes discusses how cultural values, historical trauma, and acculturation may influence how Hmong individuals and communities respond to large scale crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You’ll find additional resources related to minority mental health in the Great Lakes MHTTC Products & Resources Catalog.

The Great Lakes Current YouTube Channel

Our YouTube Channel, the Great Lakes Current, includes playlists of recorded webinars from the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. Our newest playlist features presentations focused on health equity and inclusion. View the growing playlist here:

Great Lakes Regional Health Equity and Cultural Competency Resources

More Resources and Information from Across the TTC Programs

Visit our partners’ websites for information on more resources and training events related to mental health issues in diverse populations:

The MHTTC Network Coordinating Office

The National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center

The National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Technology Transfer Center

ATTC Network Coordinating Office: Building Health Equity and Inclusion

PTTC Network Coordination Office: Building Health Equity and Inclusion

While we observe National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July each year, the TTC programs are committed to providing trainings year-round to increase awareness and support under-represented populations.

Visit out websites regularly to stay up-to-date with new trainings, products, and resources.