Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was founded in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).
Mental illness affects one in five adults and one in 10 children in America, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Furthermore, mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
DeKalb Community Service Board is committed to improving minority health and eliminating disparities in behavioral health care. Racial and ethnic minorities currently make up more than 80% of the clients that we serve annually.
During National Minority Mental Health Month, join DeKalb CSB in helping to raise awareness in your organization or community. Encourage your family, friends and loved ones to learn more about improving mental health and illness.