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BIPOC Mental Health Month
Formally recognized in June 2008, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed each July and was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States. Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate who worked tirelessly to shed light on the mental health needs of the Black community and other underrepresented communities.
Mental Health America of Greater Houston is dedicated to recognizing the value and personhood of all people and strives to use person-first language when referring to individuals. We will no longer use the term “minority.” Instead we will use the term BIPOC. The term BIPOC stands for ‘Black, Indigenous, People of Color. It is meant to unite all people of color while intentionally acknowledging that not all people of color face the same levels of injustice or trauma. In an effort to continue the visionary work of Bebe Moore Campbell, each year MHA develops a public education campaign dedicated to addressing the needs of BIPOC. Download the entire BIPOC Mental Health Toolkit from MHA Here.
WATCH OUR BIPOC COMMUNITY PANEL CONVERSATIONS
Mental Health in Communities of Color
Black Mental Health Matters
Latinx Mental Health
Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Mental Health
Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health
Supporting the Mental Health of BIPOC Students
Finding the Right Fit- Therapy for BIPOC
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR BIPOC
- Racial Trauma/Race-Based Traumatic Stress
- Health Care Disparities Among BIPOC
- BIPOC Communities and COVID-19
- Black/African American Mental Health
- Latinx/Hispanic Mental Health
- Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Mental Health
- Native and Indigenous Mental Health
- LGBTQIA+ Mental Health
SUPPORT FOR BIPOC IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA
- Texas Association of Black Psychologists: Psychologist Finder
- Houston Branch of NAACP
- Black Lives Matter Houston
- African American Health Coalition: Social Determinants of Health Blog
Other Helpful Resources:
- The Love Land Foundation: Crisis text Line – text HOME to 741741
- Melanin & Mental Health: Podcast & Resources!
- Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network National American Indian and Alaska Native: Useful Mental Health Resources
BIPOC MENTAL HEALTH STATISTICS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Please note that the statistics below are a brief overview of the prevalence of mental health conditions in special populations. For more details about prevalence, access and treatment issues, and beliefs/attitudes surrounding mental health, click on the underlined titles for more.
- Percent of African Americans with Mental Illness: 17% [Source]
- Number of African Americans with Mental Illness: 6.8 million
- Percent of Latinx/Hispanic Americans with Mental Illness: 15% [Source]
- Number of Latinx/Hispanic Americans with Mental Illness: 8.9 million
- Percent of Asian Americans with Mental Illness: 13% [Source]
- Number of Asian Americans with Mental Illness: 2.2 million
- Percent of Native Americans/Alaskan Natives with Mental Illness: 23% [Source]
- Number of Native Americans/Alaskan Natives with Mental Illness: 830,000
- Percent of people who identify as being two or more races with mental illness: 25% [Source]
- People who identity as being two or more races are most likely to report any mental illness within the past year than any other race/ethnic group.
- Percent of Individuals who Identify as LGBTQIA+ with Mental Illness: 37%
- Number of Individuals who Identify as LGBTQIA+ with Mental Illness: 3.9 million [Source]
Mental Health America released a report on LGBTQ+ mental health using data gathered from our online screening tools here.