In May 2008 the US House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Albert Wynn [D-MD] and cosponsored by a large bipartisan group, was passed in recognition that:
Improved access to mental health treatment and services and public awareness of mental illness are of paramount importance;and
An appropriate month should be recognized as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.
The month was named after Bebe Moore Campbell as she was an accomplished author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and national spokesperson, who passed away in November 2006. She received NAMI’s 2003 Outstanding Media Award for Literature for the book Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, written especially for children, about a young girl who learns how to cope with her mother’s bipolar illness. In 2005, her novel 72-Hour Hold focused on an adult daughter and a family’s experience with the onset of mental illness. It helped educate Americans that the struggle often is not just with the illness, but with the healthcare system as well.
Campbell advocated for mental health education and support among individuals with mental illness and their families of diverse communities.
Throughout the month of July, we encourage you to learn more about mental health issues and what you can do. If you would like to get more involved in activities this month, contact Center staff member, Antonia Correa, at (402) 559-3670 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk about it. Leave us a comment, Facebook us, or Tweet us @UNMCCRHD using the hashtag: #MinorityMentalHealth.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Nebraska), will hold their annual walk tomorrow morning, Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Midtown Crossing in Turner Park. The walk will begin at 9am. All are welcome to join our CRHD Cultural Walkers Team headed by Antonia Correa. For more information, you can reach her at (402) 559-9660 or via email at: email@example.com.
Mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children—or 60 million Americans, and mental illnesses represent one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. View NAMI’s newest PSA.
NAMI Nebraska is a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to education, support and advocacy with anyone whose life has been touched by mental illness. NAMI Nebraska helps unite parents, spouses, siblings, friends and people who have a mental illness together with mental health professionals to fight for improved treatment, a better quality of life and recovery.
We hope to see you tomorrow for this great cause!
The NAMIWalks 2011 was celebrated during a great sunny day on June 11, 2011 at Elmwood Park. The UNMC/Center for Reducing Health Disparities was represented as the “Cultural Walkers Team.” The team was lead by Antonia Correa and supported by Shinobu Watanabe, Associate Professor of Department of Epidemiology, and graduate assistants from the College of Public Health including John Ikena and Lisa Weissenburger-Moser. The team recruited 35 walkers and raised $1,255.00. The walk was enjoyed by over 500 walkers, including Mayor Suttle who joined us for the festivities. U.S. Senator Johanns was the Honorary Chair and sent greetings.
UNMC Cultural Walkers Team
Thanks to the 17 online donors and the 35 walkers who participated in our Cultural Walkers Team and who helped make the Nebraska NAMIWALKS – Changing Minds…One Step at a Time, a success in 2011! Every contribution helped no matter how great or small it was. The support provided by Dr. Watanabe-Galloway, TJ, and Lisa were amazing! Let’s not rest until we have reached out to our friends, family and community to tell them how important NAMI and it’s programs are to us and ask them for their support.
Cash or check donations are still accepted through June 30, 2011.
Registration is open for the August 4-6 NATI 12th Regional Conference, “Language Rx: Prescription for Language Access”
This is the region’s most ambitious conference for the professional development of translators, interpreters and language access professionals in related fields. This year there will be more than 30 training sessions and seminars with experts from around the country. Registration fees include meals, receptions, trainings and seminars.
NATI has offered outstanding conferences for 11 years and we have one of the most affordable locations in the US. This year, in recognition of the budget crunch felt by all, we have even reduced our conference rates without sacrificing quality. AND ONCE AGAIN WE WILL BE OFFERING NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS to help cover registration costs! Visit www.NATIHQ.org for details.
As always, the conference venue is spectacular. This year the conference is being held in Omaha at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Durham Research Center with its state-of-the-art classrooms. Thanks to the College of Public Health’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities for hosting the event.
NATI has put all registrations online! Please visit our website at www.NATIHQ.org to register and explore our session information and speaker bios. You can contact Athena Ramos, Program Coordinator at the Center for Reducing Health Disparities for any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latinas, Tabaco & Cáncer is a group of women who reunite to get information about how to take care of their health and of their family. Most of these women are home stay wives and/or mothers. Many women come to participate as a way to learn and socialize. The group meets every other month, and over the year we participate in different activities. Many of the LTC members participated in the Cinco de Mayo Parade, distributing information about tobacco prevention. Also, LTC was present in the National Alliance Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk in June, supporting this cause.
August 2010 - Latinas, Tabaco, y Cáncer Meeting
In our last LTC meeting in August, which took place in El Museo Latino, we gave recognitions to the members who participated and completed a 20 hour computer class. This achievement is just one of the many goals we have for this group. That same month, we had our yearly picnic at Elmwood Park. This picnic is a very important get together because as members we get to share quality time with each other, sharing dishes, anecdotes, and weaving the Latinas, Tabaco & Cáncer family together.
On Monday, February 8, 2010, Athena Ramos spent the afternoon at South High School talking to a group of girls about making healthy choices in order to be able to reach the futures that they want to realize.
Athena talking with students at South High School