Resources for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July 21, 2020

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to have access to mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care overall, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality . This all contributes to poor mental health outcomes, including faster growing rates of suicide, among minority populations. The following equity-focused resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) provide communities with ways to support mental healthcare and treatment with a trauma-informed care approach:

Other useful resources include:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Coping with Stress offers strategies and resources to help people cope with feelings of isolation, loneliness, stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, while still observing safety measures to help prevent and reduce the spread of the virus.

  • This online resource provides information on how different groups may discuss mental health and find support.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Communities may visit the OMH webpage for downloadable materials and health resources, and find the OMH on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram .

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