Mental Illnesses Treatment Support & Programs NAMI Advocacy Find Your Local NAMI NAMIWalks
Search
 | Print this page | 
 | 
Multicultural_Support1

 Image

Take Action as An Organization:

Plan an Activity to Celebrate National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

You can organize all types of events and activities, big and small, to celebrate the Month. The type and size of event is up to you, your goal and resources. To help you determine the best event for you, this section provides:

 

 

Download our 2014 NMMHAM Planning Guide to access all this information and additional tips and ideas. 

          Make sure you share your plans with us at macenter@nami.org. We will be highlighting events and activities throughout July.

Types of Events and Activities You Can Host (from easiest to hardest)

 

 

  • Make multicultural mental health the topic of your monthly staff or membership meeting. Highlight why this is important to your organization.

  • If you have an organizational newsletter, blog or other type of electronic publication, make sure to include articles on multicultural mental health and to mention that you are celebrating the month.

  • Give away Bebe Moore Campbell’s 72 Hour Hold book or other multicultural mental health related books as prizes and awards to celebrate the month at different events or donate them to your local library. Good books include:
  • Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry by Bebe Moore Campbell.

  • I Am Not Sick. I do Not Need Help by Xavier Amador (in English and Spanish).

  • Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life by Melody Moezzi.

  • Find out if there are any multicultural events going on in July in your community and sign up to have a booth at these events (e.g., fairs, festivals, parades, etc).
  • Promote and celebrate the month through social media channels.

  • Ask your elected civic leaders and local legislators to join you in showing public support of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and share what it means for your community by signing a proclamation. Use our sample proclamation and cover letter.
  • Host an educational event in an accessible and familiar setting for your target community.

  • An expert panel to present key information on research or available community services.
  • A movie or video clip and follow it up with a discussion panel.
  • A NAMI programming such as In Our Own Voice, Sharing Hope (www.nami.org/sharinghope) or Compartiendo Esperanza (www.nami.org/esperanza) presentations.
  • A Mental Health Awareness breakfast where you invite key community leaders to come discuss how to address mental health problems in diverse communities.
  • An activity fair, block party, a luncheon, etc. with free mental health screening (make sure you have your screening instruments available in multiple languages).
  • A fun event that can bring families together such as picnics, flash mobs, talent shows or other activities.
  • A concert, a play, a poetry reading or a talent show.
  • A candlelight vigil to honor and call attention to those who have died by suicide.

 

Questions to Help You Decide on the Right Event for You

 

 

          The following questions can help you determine the type of event you would like to plan:
  1. What do you hope to achieve with your event (what is the goal)?
  2. What type of event do you want to have (e.g. formal, informal, arts related, family oriented)?
  3. Who would be your target audience? (e.g. What community? Adults? The entire family? Professionals?) 
  4. How much would the event cost (you don’t need the exact amount but just to have a general idea of the amount of funding you need)? Do you have funding for the event? If not, who will security it?
  5. How much time do you have to plan the event?
  6. Who will help you plan the event?
  7. Are there any organizations you should partner with?
  8. When do you want to hold the event? Are there any other similar events happening around this time? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources You Can Use

 

 

Make sure you share your plans with us at macenter@nami.org. We will be highlighting events and activities throughout July. 


 | Print this page | 
 | 

Donate

Support NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.

Donate today

Speak Out

Inspire others with your message of hope. Show others they are not alone.

Share your story

Get Involved

Become an advocate. Register on NAMI.org to keep up with NAMI news and events.

Join NAMI Today
  • Follow NAMI
  • Contact Us
    • NAMI
    • 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100
    • Arlington, Va 22203
    • Main: (703) 524-7600
    • Fax: (703) 524-9094
    • Member Services: (888) 999-6264
    • Helpline: (800) 950-6264