"Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can't we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans...It's not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible." -Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005
July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Named after Bebe Moore Campbell, an accomplished author, activist, and co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles, July is a month to focus on building awareness about the importance of mental wellness and effective mental health care, and informing the community about available resources.
To celebrate Minority Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) is hosting its second annual NAMI C.A.R.E.S. (Community Advocacy, Resources, Education & Services) Community Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 16. Mental health care should be available to all, but we know there are substantial barriers to accessing quality care for many. The fair will highlight mental health issues that specifically impact communities of color. We want to increase awareness of local community-based services, and connect people immediately to resources.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
12 pm - 4 pm
Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
530 West 166th Street at Audubon Avenue
New York, NY 10033
Questions: Contact the NAMI-NYC Metro Helpline at (212) 684-3264
We are partnering with several mental health-focused organizations serving the Washington Heights community. Come for family-friendly activities, get answers to questions about mental health from experts, and free medical & mental health screenings.