July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

06/30/2015 07:11 pm ET | Updated Jun 30, 2016

In July, organizations across the country will take part in Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Named after Bebe Moore Campbell, an accomplished author, activist, and NAMI Urban Los Angeles co-founder, July is a month to focus on building awareness about the importance of mental wellness and effective mental health care and informing the community about available resources.

To celebrate Minority Mental Health Month the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) is hosting its first #IWILLLISTEN Community Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 25th. The fair will highlight mental health issues in communities of color, provide resources targeted towards diverse populations, and connect people immediately to mental health screenings and consultations. To show that help is available and recovery is possible, mental health professionals and local community organizations will offer their input on specific mental health issues that affect communities of color, and individuals and families impacted by mental illness will share their personal stories.

The event will host a number of interactive family-friendly activities to foster wellness. Additionally, the fair will activate NAMI-NYC Metro's #IWILLISTEN anti-stigma campaign urging individuals to make the promise to listen without judgment to someone with mental health illness.

Don't be left out. Advocate with us in July! Follow #MinorityMentalHealth and @NAMI_NYC on Twitter and like Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and NAMI-NYC Metro on Facebook to stay updated on the month's events.

Dana Daugherty, MA, EdM, Programs and Outreach Coordinator, NAMI-NYC Metro
Blake Desormeaux, Communications Manager, NAMI-NYC Metro

Date: Saturday, July 25
Time: 12 pm - 4 pm
Location: SCAN NY's Johnson Cornerstone Community Center.
1833 Lexington Ave NY, NY
Questions: Contact the NAMI-NYC Metro Helpline at (212) 684-3264