Do you know this about mental health?

Mental illness doesn’t go away in bad economic times—neither should funding for mental health care.

  • One veteran dies by suicide approximately every 80 min.
  • Six in ten adults who need mental health services don’t get treatment.
  • Three-quarters of serious mental illness occurs by age 24. Screening and early intervention improves lives and helps families.
  • People living with mental illness are overrepresented in jails and prisons. End the criminalization of mental illness.
  • Mental health treatment works, but many aren’t getting care they need. Access is part of the solution.  Covering mental health saves lives and saves families money.
  • Mental health services need to be there when people need them. It’s an investment in our families and our communities.
  • Over 50% of students with a mental disorder over 14 drop out of school. Early intervention can save lives.

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: acorrea@unmc.edu.

Talk about it.  Leave us a comment, Facebook us, or Tweet us @UNMCCRHD using the hashtag: #MinorityMentalHealth and #vote4mentalhealth.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness, www.nami.org.

 

July 2012 is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

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, wImageho 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: acorrea@unmc.edu.

Talk about it.  Leave us a comment, Facebook us, or Tweet us @UNMCCRHD using the hashtag: #MinorityMentalHealth.

NAMIWalk is tomorrow! Make plans to join us!

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: acorrea@unmc.edu.

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!