July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
July 15, 2015 § Leave a comment
Research into mental health in diverse communities has found that too many individuals are not getting the help they need or, when they do get help, services are poor. As reported by the National Alliance on Mental Health, the reasons behind these troubling trends include:
- Higher levels of stigma.
- Less access to treatment.
- Lack of mental health literacy and information.
- A culturally insensitive health care system.
- Bias and discrimination in treatment settings.
- Lack of access to health insurance.
To help reverse these trends and bring much-needed care to minority communities, National Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008. The month features a public outreach campaign to raise awareness, fight stigma, and encourage individuals in diverse communities to seek help for mental health issues.
At Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), we strongly support the goals of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. CCA is committed to integrating mental health with overall health and fighting the stigma associated with mental health issues. According to Peggy Johnson, CCA’s Chief of Psychiatry, “Raising awareness about mental health in minority communities and bringing essential and appropriate services to the people we serve is central to CCA’s mission. For this month, and throughout the year, we are committed to improving not just access to care but the quality of mental health services for our members.”