The Multicultural Action Center wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the success of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2009. In July, NAMI states and affiliates across the country joined the celebration and effort to increase awareness of mental illness among diverse communities nationwide. A variety of events took place and many proclamations of this special month were made by local leaders expressing the importance of mental health promotion for all. Though the energy around minority mental health awareness surged in July, much of the activity was met with a collective recognition of the importance of minority mental health awareness efforts year-round.
Click here for the full article including highlights of activities that may serve as examples for efforts that can be made throughout the year.
In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). Since then, NAMI state offices and affiliates have organized a great variety of events to educate communities about mental illness.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2009 showed us that fostering awareness of mental illness in diverse communities across the country is needed year-round. We invite you to keep up the momentum and contact your local NAMI to learn about planned events for MIAW 2009 and opportunities to get involved.
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Click here for more information and resources for Mental Illness Awareness Week 2009.
The NAMI Multicultural Action Center and UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration recently released a new publication, GLBTQI Mental Health: Recommendations for Policies and Services, which provides important considerations for service providers and policy makers, including an assessment of the barriers faced by GLBTQI individuals seeking mental health care, recommendations for practical strategies to address these barriers and a resource list.
This is the second of two GLBTQI mental health recovery and community integration resources developed through the NAMI-UPenn partnership and serves as a companion to the previously released booklet, A Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know.
Click here to access these two resources and other information on mental health within GLBTQI communities.
The second fully bilingual issue of ¡Avanzamos!, NAMI’s popular Spanish-language publication, will be out soon--just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month. In celebration of this month, the issue honors Latino NAMI leaders who help NAMI advocate for, educate and support thousands of people across the country. This issue also features personal stories of mental illness recovery and family support, new research on resiliency of Latino teens, an article on how the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is addressing the challenges Latinos face to receive psychiatric rehabilitation services and more.
Click here to subscribe to this publication in electronic format via e-mail, receive the print version via standard mail and access previous issues of ¡Avanzamos! in the online archive. This publication is not only an interesting and uplifting read, but is also a great outreach tool for your local Latino community.