July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

South Tabor Family Physicians join others in supporting the mental and emotional well-being of Black, Indigenous, and people of color populations.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Racial and ethnic minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors, including lack of access to quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health.

“Working Together for Mental Health Equity

Everyone benefits when people from racial and ethnic minority groups can thrive. We all have a role to play in promoting health equity.

Individuals can

  • Learn about mental health.
  • Learn about healthy ways to cope with stress and respond to loss. Engage in these practices, when possible.
  • Share information on mental health, healthy coping skills, and resources with family, friends, neighbors, and others in your community.
  • Talk about mental health and use non-stigmatizing language.
  • Learn about implicit bias. Implicit biases are unintentional attitudes, behaviors, and actions that are in favor of or against one person or group.
  • Learn about microaggressions. Microaggressions are everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults. They communicate negative messages to people because of their membership in a marginalized group. Microaggressions can be intentional or unintentional.
  • Make ongoing efforts to avoid implicit bias, microaggressions, and other forms of discrimination.
  • If you need more support:

[ More information here from the CDC ]