“Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible.”

–Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005 


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July has been set apart as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It was a decision made in 2008 by the US House of Representatives in order to raise awareness of mental health in US citizens and more specifically, minorities. One of the most difficult things about mental health is the stigma that surrounds it. Like Bebe Campbell stated, it takes too long for diagnosis or acceptance to happen and in turn, delays necessary healing. This July is the perfect opportunity to reach out, and be aware that mental illness is real.


According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness. Furthermore, 10 million americans live with a serious mental illness; that is 1 out of every 25 people. It is something that affects all of us either directly or indirectly. Either we are suffering ourselves, or we probably know someone personally who is. This being the case it is important to be sensitive and aware of mental illness and the effects it can have. Each person is so individual and unique. Mental illness does not define someone’s character.

Along with raising awareness of mental illness, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was created to improve resources and help. Treatment continues to improve every year and NAMI, through this awareness month, wants to help you receive that treatment. You to can reach out and help! Be kind, be aware and be understanding.

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South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley