June 28, 2010
Washington, D.C.-- National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month begins Thursday, July 1, coinciding with the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in
"Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is a time for education,
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month honors Bebe Moore Campbell, one of the leading African American writers of the 20th century, who died in 2006. She was a NAMI national spokesperson, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and an instructor in NAMI's Family-to-Family education program.
The Surgeon General has warned that minorities:
• are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for mental illness
• have less access to mental health services
• often receive poorer quality health care
• are underrepresented in mental health research.
The 2010 NAMI Convention offers symposia and workshops that energize participants for action in home
Friday, July 2
Integrating Mental Health in Primary Care (10:45 a.m.)
People with mental illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans. For minority
Multicultural Mental Health Research (2:00 p.m.)
Research must include cultural competence, disparities and ethnopsychopharmacology.
Taking It to the Streets: Advocacy in Minority Communities (3:45 p.m.)
NAMI reviews Minority Mental Health Awareness Month accomplishments during the past two years and brainstorm new activities.
Saturday, July 3
Spiritual Practice and Recovery (8:45 a.m.)
Spirituality is often a component recovery, including roles for African American congregations, zazen, centering prayer and Native American spirituality.
Approaches to Recovery in Underserved Urban Areas (8:45 a.m.)
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