Awareness / Press · 23 Jul 2020 0

Mental Health… Matters?

It’s not just the police. What are we doing to make the world a better place?

It just so happens that July is designated as Minority Mental Health Month in the US.

As a leader in this industry, a ‘minority’ person, and someone who has to grapple with the same stigma our patient populations experience — not being hetero aware of such a designation myself, is telling of the extent to which the topic has been on the back burner (systemically).

As a leader representing a large behavioral health group in CALIFORNIA (Insight Choices), I have a personal and professional duty to do my part in leveling inequities.

As such, we have galvanized a grassroots initiative and presently we have payers, providers, and technology companies engaged.

Our coalition understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism in all that we do. This means that we pledge to work against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and institutional racism in all their forms.

We are concerned that our fellow Americans in majestic parts of this nation which also happen to be rural and are subjected to these inequities.

We are concerned that men are shamed for mental illness. We are concerned that mothers in need of mental healthcare marginalized and judged.

More and more people are starting to speak up about the unique mental health needs of this country’s diverse communities. From health care disparities that have become more apparent during COVID-19 to highlighting the need for culturally competent mental health care providers, these conversations contribute to raising awareness around critical issues.

We are strong alone, but unstoppable together. Would you pls share what activities, initiatives, and other engagement efforts you’ve implemented. If you and or your organization would love to engage but, with limited bandwidth and strained resources, has not had the opportunity to engage, pls let us know.

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