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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This annual observance raises awareness about the unique challenges that affect the mental health of racial and ethnic minority and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.


This year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is focusing on improving mental health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority and AI/AN communities through its 2024 theme, Be the Source for Better Health: Improving Health Outcomes Through Our Cultures, Communities, and Connections. This theme calls on each of us to better understand how the unique environments, cultures, histories, and circumstances (known as social determinants of health) of racial and ethnic minority and AI/AN populations impact their mental health.


About half of all people in the United States will be diagnosed with a mental disorder at somepoint in their lifetime, but certain SDOH factors, like experiencing trauma, lacking supportsystems, and having limited access to health care, can leave racial and ethnic minority and AI/AN people at increased risk for manypreventable mental health problems. Visit theNational Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2024 websiteto find resources, social media messages, graphics, and information onhow to Be the Source for Better Health.

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