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Multicultural Action Center News Update


Oct.- Nov. Edition

The MAC News Update is back! With summer behind us and a well deserved makeover, we are excited to bring you relevant information on the activities, resource development and projects surrounding diverse cultural issues in mental health.


Build it Together Update
BIT Strategies and Lessons Learned Report released

MAC has been working with a number of NAMI state organizations on Build It Together, a yearlong capacity building initiative focused on helping these states become more diverse and inclusive.
We are happy to share with you our final report of the work accomplished to date. Our hope is that this report serves as a guide and idea finding resource for those of you who would like to embark on your own diversity and inclusion efforts.

Request additional information on Build it Together


NAMI Web Story
Bringing Mental Illness Awareness to the NFL
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall makes a "shoe" statement for mental illness awareness.

NAMI Web Story
Expert Group Marks World Mental Health Day with Call for More Integrated Approach Towards Care of People Living With Schizophrenia

Chicago Tribune
American women face a greater risk of depression in states where personal income levels vary widely, according to a new study covering 50 U.S. states.

See SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions’ new infographic on integrated healthcare


National Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

The Latino Paradox: Mental Health Appears to Not Be an Exception

The National Latino Behavioral Health Association named “Champion for Coverage” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Latina Lista
Counselors see a rise in mental health issues among college students
With college enrollment constantly increasing, the number of students with mental health issues on college campuses has also gone up.

Being Latino
Depression in the Latino community
Depression affects more Latinos than any other ethnicity according to data collected by NAMI.


Ventanillas de Bienestar Webinar Series
Oct. 16-15

The National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) and Urban Strategies LLC, on behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, have launched a training and technical assistance program, “Ventanillas de Bienestar” (Windows of Well-Being), to provide support and training to community-based organizations and behavioral health clinics from across the country on effective outreach and enrollment strategies of uninsured and newly eligible Latinos.


Some people have a hard time talking about mental illness. For many African Americans, that topic can come with negative connotations. So much so, their problems can be overlooked or ignored. It's a mistake mental health experts say can have terrible consequences. 
The shooting death of a young woman near the U.S. Capitol last week is raising questions about black women's access to mental health care. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with Dr. Annelle Primm, the American Psychiatric Association's Director of Minority and National Affairs.
African American Networking Group Story
James Wesley Williams is changing perspectives on mental illness one performance at the time
"Mother 4 5 and 7even is a live performance of a one-act vignette, that images the life of a African American mother and her three children who live in the Ghetto of Chicago Illinois. The show illustrates the problems of mental health from an ethnic perspective."



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