Health Matters

Minority Mental Health Awareness

Overcoming the stigma takes courage.



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Bebe Moore Campbell was an author and advocate. Dr. Steven Starks, a psychiatrist on faculty at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine says she brought attention to challenges people of color face with mental health care.

“During Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month communities of color should consider if stigma impacts their decision to seek professional help. Stigma is a negative belief about mental illness and treatment that may be connected to culture, customs, family, faith, or spirituality.”

“Stigma sends the false message that getting help conflicts with your values or identity. Overcoming it takes courage.”

“First, test your assumption, find a culturally-informed counselor, therapist or doctor. Share your experience and encourage them to learn about your racial or ethnic identity. Know you don't have to approach it alone; treatment can be individual or you may invite kin, peers, or spiritual advisors on your journey.”

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