Multicultural Action Center
As we look back at our accomplishments this year and plan for an exciting 2012, we want to thank you for your continuous interest in our efforts and involvement with us. Your work around the country to identify needs, potential solutions for addressing them and ongoing support of diverse communities makes our work possible.
- NAMI’s Sharing Hope program continues to grow
- Fact sheet series on Asian American and Pacific Islander mental health
- First NAMI Multicultural Champions Conference held
- Personal perspectives of diverse NAMI leaders
Preview of Plans and Projects of the Coming Year
In 2012 we will continue to build on success of the current and previous years.
Highlights of our plans include the following focus areas (click here for details):
- Renewal of LGBT Focus
- Next Generation of Multicultural Champions
- Sharing Hope 3.0
- Compartiendo Esperanza
Keris Jän Myrick,
- “Organization Provides Resources and Support to Native Americans,” by Gwendolyn Packard, Co-Chair, Rain Cloud, featured on the NAMI Blog in honor of Native American Heritage Month 2011
- New York Times profile of an inspiring NAMI leader, Keris Myrick, “A High-Profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills”
- NAMI staff, Carmen Argueta, reflects on recent Spanish-language programs training
- Final Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Primary Language, Sex and Disability Status as required by the Affordable Care Act
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center resource series “Suicide among racial/ethnic populations in the U.S.” featuring specific communities: American Indians/ Alaska Natives; Asians, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians; Blacks and Hispanics.
New NAMI Resources
Mental health among Chinese Americans fact sheet
After Spanish, Chinese is the most widely spoken non-English language in the U.S and Chinese Americans are members of the largest ethnic group among Asian American populations. This fact sheet provides community views and cultural influences of mental health issues as well as rates and experiential information on specific disorders.
Spanish-language video showcases hope of recovery
NAMI created this video featuring Spanish-speaking NAMI leaders to showcase moving testimonies and perspectives in expression of hope and reality of mental health recovery. Available with the video is its transcription with English translation and biographies and quotes of the featured NAMI leaders in English.
Contact us to be the first to know when these resources are available:
- Recording of webinar, “American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health: Collaboration for Healing,” held Nov. 30 in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
- Next year we will further build on the community-specific recovery video series by releasing videos with African-American and LGBT perspectives.
- 12th annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, Hilton Austin Hotel, Feb. 16-17
- 2012 NAMI Convention, Seattle, June 27-30, “Think, Learn and Live: Wellness, Resiliency and Recovery.” Register by Dec. 31 to receive savings with the First-on-Board rates.