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July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

By: April Green/Senior Editor

Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC ) populations can face giant differences in the accessibility of quality mental health care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reported that racial and ethnic minority businesses within the U.S. Are more likely to be uninsured, more likely to seek emergency departments services, much less possibly to gain access to mental wellness services, less probable to use network mental health support, and much more likely to acquire decreased quality care.

July marks BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month which shines a light on the awesome struggles that underrepresented populations face with mental health needs in the United States. Many are embarrassed to seek helo for a fear of being shamed.BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month provides an opportunity to destigmatize speaking about mental health needs, and substance abuse problems. By focusing on this issue in July and all year round we can help close the gap of inequality of services in marginalized communities and fight stereotypes that keep those in the BIPOC community from receiving services.

To highlight some of the unique subject matters of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, including the stigma of mental illness, access to treatment, and resources read below:

  1. Mental Health Stigma
    Minority groups automatically have limitations to getting help if they are trying to find treatment. When it comes to supporting marginalized communities’ ability to navigate life with a mental health condition, a number one reason for the roadblocks is different forms of cultural/social stigma.

For instance, in some BIPOC communities, one stigma is that seeking mental health support means you’re “crazy” or “weak.” Also, a loss of access to culturally capable mental health experts who can meet BIPOC clients’ needs often prevents those suffering from seeking care.

  1. Access to Treatment
    BIPOC communities experience racism or discrimination in therapeutic settings and language barriers among providers due to a loss of cultural competence amongst organizations that provide care. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) stresses the significance of obtaining a culturally aware provider.

When seeking support, you can ask potential mental health health care providers about their schooling and background to get a higher sense of whether or not or not you want to work with them. You may want to ask the following.

Have you had any cultural competence schooling?

Are you inclined to consist of my values and cultural beliefs into my care?

Do you have experience treating persons from my cultural background?

  1. Available Resources
    Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity. However, way of life, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation can make getting mental health treatment lots tougher. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) is an excellent place to start to study more about mental wellness and ways to support and bring awareness to your community.

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