In our continuous effort to prioritize mental well-being and inclusivity, we join the nation in commemorating Minority Mental Health Month. This dedicated observance brings attention to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness.

Minority Mental Health Month was established by the visionary mental health advocate Bebe Moore Campbell. Campbell, a renowned author and advocate, recognized the disproportionate impact of mental health challenges on minority populations. Driven by her own experiences and her desire to break down barriers to mental health care, Campbell laid the foundation for this month-long observance.

Stigmatization, cultural barriers, historical trauma, and limited access to healthcare services are some of the factors that contribute to the disparities in mental health care.

• According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), adults from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to receive mental health treatment compared to their white counterparts.

• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that LGBTQ+ individuals are at a higher risk of experiencing mental health challenges due to societal discrimination and lack of acceptance.

• Research by the American Psychiatric Association indicates that Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans are less likely to seek mental health services, citing various cultural and linguistic barriers.

• Native American communities face significant mental health disparities, with suicide rates being higher than the national average, according to the Indian Health Service.

• African Americans are disproportionately affected by socio-economic factors, making them more vulnerable to mental health issues, as stated by the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

By sharing this information, we hope to bring to light the barriers faced by minority communities and mental health. If you’re struggling with mental health, speak with your primary care provider about next steps. If you need a provider, visit