BIPOC Mental Health Month

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BIPOC Mental Health Month

July is Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month. People who belong to these groups have historically been underrepresented in many areas of medical care, including mental health. Breaking down barriers to mental health care in these communities is crucial in helping all people recover and receive the care they deserve for a longer, healthier, happier life.

Common barriers to mental health care in BIPOC communities

  • Less likely to have access to mental health services
  • Less likely to seek out services
  • Less likely to receive needed care
  • More likely to receive poor quality of care and
  • More likely to end services prematurely.

These statistics signal a need for culturally-sensitive care, resource sharing and community building among mental health providers and community members.

Culturally-sensitive care

  • Seeks and chooses treatment
  • Perceives their symptoms
  • Interacts with stigma
  • and follows treatment plans.

Resource sharing

Sharing mental health resources in a patient’s native language and providing an interpreter in a clinical setting are crucial steps toward culturally-sensitive resource sharing about mental health.

In an effort to make Mental Health 417 resources accessible, every place you see this widget can be translated to a wide selection of languages:

Mental Health 417 language widget. Includes: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Community building

Connecting with other people is a critical aspect of mental health maintenance and care. For BIPOC communities, finding friends, providers and groups of people with similar cultural backgrounds helps provide a stronger sense of belonging and a feeling of solidarity.

Local community care

Finding services where you feel supported can help your overall mental wellbeing. Community care can offer this kind of support. According to Mental Health America, “Community care focuses on the connections, intentional actions and efforts to mobilize individuals to support one another.”

Many local partners are committed to community care. Explore options below: