Local representatives are joining together to honor National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
The month is recognized in July.
On Monday, July 3, 2017, the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), Alpha Kappa Alpha, the Albany Civil Rights Institute, and Jack and Jill of America met to announce their partnership as they work together to raise awareness for Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
According to NAMI, African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at half the rate as White Americans.
“People of minorities are less likely to access care when they may have higher rates of mental health conditions. What we want to do is help break that stigma, we want to break down the barriers, we want to educate the community,” Babs Hall of NAMI Albany said.
The groups are working on several outreach events. They plan to announce the dates soon.