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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Planning Webinar

Posted: June 08, 2012

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 it. 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, we hosted a planning webinar on June 5, 2012 - watch the webinar recording, download the slide handout (pdf). 

Here are a few ways you can get involved:


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
Yolonda Clay, M.S. is the Multicultural Outreach Coordinator for NAMI Lexington, Kentucky. After coming to NAMI through the Family-to-Family program in 2006, Yolonda continued involvement by attending and facilitating support groups, teaching Family-to-Family and becoming an In Our Own Voice presenter. She helped establish NAMI Lexington’s Multicultural Action Committee (known as the MAC DIVAS and DADIS) and continues to strive to bring a diverse face to mental health in Kentucky through various multicultural and faith outreach and advocacy initiatives. Yolonda is also a KY Peer Support Specialist and a QPR Gatekeeper “Suicide Prevention” trainer.

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