July is Minority Mental Health Month
The Havertown NAMI Family Support Group is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. In this support group, families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges. The group will meet on Tuesday, July 17from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083). For more information, please contact Nora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will plan to join us for our annual summer party on Sunday, August 5, from 4-6 p.m. at a Merion location. This will be a good opportunity to socialize with others who share similar experiences and to meet Board members of our affiliate. The food will be “potluck” – salads, cold cut, rolls, desserts and drinks. If you are unable to bring any food that’s okay, but a reservation is still required. Please let us know if you will be able to attend and what you will bring by registering online or contacting Kristine at Kristine@NAMIpaMainLine.org or 267-251-6240. We will provide the address upon registration.
Main Line NAMI on the Move: Stepping Out for Mental Health Awareness will be on Saturday, October 13 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore. Registration and a mental health resources fair will begin at 8:30 a.m., the program will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. Please click here for more information and to register.
The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care. Furthermore, mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help. Please see the following resources for more information about Minority Mental Health Month:
- For more information about minority mental health awareness resources, go to https://www.nami.org/minoritymentalhealth
- Diverse communities often face stigma and misinformation that prevents them from receiving mental health care. For more info, go to www.nami.org/Find-Support/Diverse-Communities
- For tips on finding a culturally competent provider, go to http://bit.ly/2j6oolA
- A faith-based African-American perspective on mental illness is available at http://bit.ly/1FVl4Qm
- A great infographic from NAMI on Multicultural Mental Health Facts can be found at https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Infographics/MulticulturalMHFacts10-23-15.pdf
- Stories highlighting cultural perspectives and experiences in mental health are available at http://bit.ly/2qXZMjf