July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month which offers organizations a wonderful opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. This year we mark the 5th year Anniversary of this effort and our fourth year partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to celebrate. Join the celebration this year and bring much needed information to your community! In order to help you get started and to share ideas of activities you could implement, the NNED hosted a planning webinar on June 5, 2012.
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Share your story on the National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Facebook page.
- Tweet using the hashtag #MinorityMentalHealth
- Download the Activities and Resources guide from the NAMI website.
Maria Gomez-Murphy | President & CEO at The Way of the Heart: The Promotora Institute
Maria Gomez Murphy is a member of the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts. She is also Founder, President & CEO of The Way of the Heart: The Promotora Institute in Rio Rico, Arizona. The Way of the Heart provides free health/life education, advocacy, and referral services to low-income, rural communities on the US/Mexico border. Utilizing the community health worker (Promotora) model, The Way of the Heart: The Promotora Institute offers outreach, education, advocacy and referral to low-income women and their families on such diverse topics as human trafficking, prenatal and postpartum care, HIV/STDs, environmental health, tobacco use prevention and cessation, cardiovascular health, cancer, diabetes, nutrition, and exercise, among other topics.
Yolonda Clay | Multicultural Outreach Coordinator, NAMI Lexington