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Oct 10th

Multidisciplinary City-wide Breast Cancer Seminar.......more



July - Mental Health Month


July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and the month offers organizations of all types and sizes a wonderful opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities.

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July, the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health will join partners at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels to help Raise Awareness about Mental Illness and its effects on Racial and Ethnic Minority populations. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

V Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive

       episode did not receive treatment for their condition

V Almost 25% of Adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year

      were Hispanic/Latino

V Asian American Adults were less likely to use mental health services than

      any other racial/ethnic groups

V In the past year, nearly 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native young

      adults had serious thoughts of suicide

V In the past year, 1 in 7 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults had a

      diagnosable mental illness.

Despite advances in health equity, disparities in Mental Health Care persist. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States of America are less likely to have access to Mental Health Services, less likely to use Community Mental Health services, more likely to use Emergency Departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care.  Poor Mental Health Care access and quality contribute to poor Mental Health Outcomes, including suicide, among racial and ethnic minority populations.

The Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health encourages all our Partners to Educate Their Community about the importance of improving access to Mental Health Care, Treatment and helping break down other barriers such as negative perceptions about mental illness.

In Summary, Mental Health is a very serious illness that can affect anyone.  However,  Minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.  This needs to be fixed.  Educate the community, raise awareness and break down barriers that prevent individuals from receiving the Help they need.



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American Baptist Churches

ABC Rochester Regional

National Baptist Convention

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