Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and we are using our national platform - and our research, education and advocacy work - to help elevate voices, to listen and better understand, and to support the unique needs and range of experiences of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. 

As a health organization, AFSP is dedicated to addressing the mental health and suicide prevention needs among minority populations. We are committed to a process of change knowing that long-term, sustained efforts are needed to improve access to culturally informed, evidence-based quality mental health care. We will continue to speak out about the inequities across many aspects of society, especially related to access to healthcare for underrepresented communities, and to advocate for ending these disparities.

We know that there is much work to do, and that’s why AFSP has made new commitments to:

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    • Reflect, learn, and improve upon our own organizational diversity and inclusion.
    • Prioritize diverse communities, believing that every family, youth, adult and community should have the resources and knowledge to discuss mental health concerns, connect with support, and have access to effective mental health care and suicide prevention resources, as outlined in our three-year strategic plan.
    • Stimulate and fund research related to minority communities, health disparities and inequities with the support of AFSP’s Scientific Council. This will include a priority on these research areas as well as on funding researchers from underrepresented backgrounds. 
    • Enter into a partnership with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association to collaboratively advance Latino suicide prevention. Our organizations will work together to support programs, campaigns, training, workforce development and other initiatives on mental health and suicide prevention in the Latino community.
    • Convene leading experts in minority mental health and suicide prevention through a Town Hall series to engage in education, advocacy and public understanding to close the gap and ensure we are working to better understand and meet the needs of diverse communities.

    We all have a role to play, and invite individuals, communities, organizations and thought leaders to join us in our efforts to create long-lasting changes in mental health equity and to prevent suicide among underrepresented communities. 

    June and July events calendar

    • The AAKOMA Project takeover of our Instagram page @afspnational

      All Day, June 19

      Alfiee Breland-Noble, Ph.D., Founder, The AAKOMA Project, Inc., 501c3 youth mental health nonprofit; Host, Couched in Color Podcast; Author, Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations (2020)

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    • Launching new Instagram Guide

      All Day, June 19

      A program in collaboration with Instagram to curate a new Instagram Guide in honor of Juneteenth launches on June 19 on our Instagram page @afspnational

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    • Elevating Voices for Long-Lasting Change: An AFSP Virtual Town Hall Series Addressing MH and SP in BIPOC Communities

      June 25 @ 4 pm ET

      The first Town Hall in the series takes a closer look at “Mental Health in the Black Community” with a focus on the role of family alongside mental health programs and statewide services that are making mental health and suicide prevention an imperative for the Black community. Dr. Christine Moutier will lead a moderated one-hour discussion with audience Q&A on Facebook Live (@afspnational). Guest panelists include:

      • Victor Armstrong, MSW, Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services; Board of Directors, North Carolina Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
      • Tandra Rutledge, M.A., Director of Business Development, Riveredge Hospital; Board of Directors, Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
      • Arielle Sheftall, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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    • Elevating Voices for Long-Lasting Change: An AFSP Virtual Town Hall Series Addressing MH and SP in BIPOC Communities

      July 9 @ 3 pm ET

      The second Town Hall in the series looks at “Supporting Mental Health in Communities of Color: Ways Forward” Dr. Christine Moutier will lead a moderated one-hour discussion with audience Q&A on Facebook Live (@afspnational). Guest panelists include:

      • Alfiee (Dr. Alfiee) Breland-Noble, Ph.D.
        Psychologist, author, founder of mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project and host of video podcast “Couched in Color"
      • Michael Lindsey, Ph.D., MSW, MPH
        Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
        Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies
        Chair, Working Group of Congressional Black Caucus Task Force on Black Youth Suicide
      • Fred Sandoval, MPA
        Executive Director, National Latino Behavioral Health Association
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    Discover minority mental health resources

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    Voices in minority mental health

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    Resources and programs

    Minority mental health resources

    Find resources for suicide prevention focused on supporting individuals in diverse and minority communities.

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    Talk Saves Lives TM

    Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

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    Can a Community Program Reduce Suicidal Ideation and Behavior in Latina Adolescents?

    Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts occur at higher rates in adolescent Latinas than among girls from other ethnic groups.

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    What are the risk factors for suicide in rural Chinese elderly?

    Learning from this study in China can help us to understand more about what contributes to suicide around the world.

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    Ethics Talk: Antiracism, Health Equity, and a Post-COVID Future

    Ethics Talk: Antiracism, Health Equity, and a Post-COVID Future

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    Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Series from PBS

    Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Series from PBS

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    APA News: Sounding the alarm on black youth suicide

    Sounding the alarm on black youth suicide

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    Ring the Alarm The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America

    Ring the Alarm The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America

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    Mental Health America Resources on BIPOC Mental Health

    BIPOC Mental Health

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    Connection makes a difference

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