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July 2013

Keep the Conversation Going

Can you believe how fast July blew by? National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013 was a great success with participation of individuals, organizations and agencies across the country. Though the month is coming to an end, our conversations can continue and build upon efforts made this month. Some highlights:

1000: likes on the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Facebook page! July is not the only time to connected with this page as it supports a year-round social media gathering place for people who are passionate about mental health in multicultural communities.

400: people registered for our celebration webinar, “Our Strength and Support: Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month,” held on July 17 in partnership with the National Network to Eliminate Disparities.  Featured presenters Ramey Ko of the White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Dionne Monsanto from the SIWE Project gave inspiring presentations to encourage participants to learn more about available community resources and consider best practices in self-care. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

#MMHChat: Hashtag used for the July 18 Twitter Chat on multicultural mental health held in partnership with SAMHSA's Office of Behavioral Health Equity, the Office of Minority Health, NAMI and the Office on National Drug Policy.  See what all we were talking about by checking out the hashtag #MMHChat (and keep the conversation going with #minoritymentalhealth!).

But celebrating NMMHAM doesn’t just happen on the web. Check out the great on-the-ground efforts made by the winners of NAMI's National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Activity Contest. Winners were awarded small stipends to support their plans:

July 2: Martha Silva, leader of Latino outreach and programs for NAMI New Jersey en Español, hosted a resource table and welcomed individuals for a workshop about depression Mexican Consulate in New York.

July 10: In partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission, NAMI Colorado board member, Elicia Goodsoldier, hosted a film screening and workshop event to discuss historic trauma among American Indians. Readings of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month proclamations were done by representatives of the Governor's office and the Mayor of Denver. Attendees of the picnic hosted by NAMI Latino de Utah.

July 17: NAMI Latino de Utah, an outreach group of NAMI Utah, hosted a community-wide picnic which featured a flash mob dance and reading of the NMMHAM proclamation of Gov. Gary Herbert by Senator Luz Robles. See more event pictures on Facebook and hear the radio promotion of the event here.

July 17: NAMI New Jersey’s Chinese American Mental Health Outreach and South Asian Mental Health Awareness programs held a discussion of mental health medications for individuals from area Asian American communities to learn more about treating anxiety, depression and other mood and thought disorders with a focus on side effects and drug and herbal interactions and other safety concerns, focusing particularly on common treatments utilized among South Asian and Chinese communities.

More highlights of 2013 National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month social media, news media and special events will be posted at Let's keep the conversation going! We can build upon the efforts made throughout July to continue raising awareness of mental health and address issues of quality support in our diverse communities.

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DSM-V Assists Clinicians' Cultural Considerations

Strategies and tools included in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) have encouraged clinicians to incorporate the role of culture in an individual's mental health decisions. Guidelines appeared first in the pages of the DSM-IV (1994) with a list of “Culture-Bound Syndromes,” that were located in the back of the book.
In the latest edition, DSM-V, there is a greater effort to place the Cultural Formulation front and center. New tools are designed to make cultural formulation quicker and easier, such as the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI), 14 questions meant to be administered during an individual's initial assessment. The CFI and related clinical tools in the DSM-V are available online.

PCORI Established to Fund Patient-Centered Research 
(from First Report, July 26, 2013)

"[Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute] PCORI’s launch has been welcomed by Dr. Tobin and others interested in eliminating healthcare disparities, in which people have differences in clinical status or access to care based on their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. PCORI will work closely with the [National Insitutes of Health] NIH and [Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality] AHRQ to disseminate and implement patient-centered outcomes research, some of which will address health equity."

Find more information about PCORI funding and projects here.

Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities 
(Institute of Medicine Forum and Roundtable News, July 18, 2013)

"Several members of the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities, in collaboration with several members of the Roundtable on Health Literacy, authored the discussion paper "Amplifying the Voice of the Underserved in the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act." The paper builds on lessons learned from the [April 2013] IOM workshops, Achieving Health Equity Via the Affordable Care Act: Promises, Provisions, and Making Reform a Reality for Diverse Patients and Implementation of Attributes of Health Literacy. Also discussed are important considerations to empower underserved communities in becoming advocates for their health care needs in this health care transition period."

New Resource

Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health: New tools from SAMHSA, featured with's call for community dialogues, for facilitating important conversations about actions we can take to improve mental health in our families, schools and communities.

link to SAMHSA's Community Conversations Toolkit

Webinar Recordings:

Upcoming Events

National Webinar Series on Enhancing State Prevention Systems for Children and Youth: “Culturally Appropriate Strategies for Prevention-Based Work in Tribal Communities,” August 21, 2013, 3:00-4:30 PM ET

19th annual Latino Behavioral Health Institute, September 10-13, Los Angeles

Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 6-12, 2013)
MIAW coincides with the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding (Oct. 8) and National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 10.).  Access planning and promotion tools now!

Latino Behavioral Health Conference, Oct. 18, Chicago. sponsored by the Center for Latino/a Mental Health and Latino/a Mental Health Providers Network

Alternatives Conference, Dec. 4-7, Austin, Texas