Multicultural Action Center
Take Action as An Organization:
Plan an Activity to Celebrate National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
You can organize all types of events and activities, big and small, to celebrate the Month. The type and size of event is up to you, your goal and resources. To help you determine the best event for you, this section provides:
Make sure you share your plans with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be highlighting events and activities throughout July.
Make multicultural mental health the topic of your monthly staff or membership meeting. Highlight why this is important to your organization.
If you have an organizational newsletter, blog or other type of electronic publication, make sure to include articles on multicultural mental health and to mention that you are celebrating the month.
- Give away Bebe Moore Campbell’s 72 Hour Hold book or other multicultural mental health related books as prizes and awards to celebrate the month at different events or donate them to your local library. Good books include:
Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry by Bebe Moore Campbell.
I Am Not Sick. I do Not Need Help by Xavier Amador (in English and Spanish).
Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life by Melody Moezzi.
- Order your books through the NAMI store’s Amazon.com link, and a percentage of your purchases will benefit NAMI.
- Find out if there are any multicultural events going on in July in your community and sign up to have a booth at these events (e.g., fairs, festivals, parades, etc).
Promote and celebrate the month through social media channels.
- Ask your elected civic leaders and local legislators to join you in showing public support of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and share what it means for your community by signing a proclamation. Use our sample proclamation and cover letter.
- Host an educational event in an accessible and familiar setting for your target community.
- An expert panel to present key information on research or available community services.
- A movie or video clip and follow it up with a discussion panel.
- A Mental Health Awareness breakfast where you invite key community leaders to come discuss how to address mental health problems in diverse communities.
- An activity fair, block party, a luncheon, etc. with free mental health screening (make sure you have your screening instruments available in multiple languages).
- A fun event that can bring families together such as picnics, flash mobs, talent shows or other activities.
- A concert, a play, a poetry reading or a talent show.
- A candlelight vigil to honor and call attention to those who have died by suicide.
- Go public! Contribute to traditional news outlets prominent in cultural communities in your area (radio shows or podcasts are popular platforms). Feature the activities you plan, resources and services available to diverse communities and showcase perspectives and accomplishments of diverse staff, volunteers or leadership of your organization, etc. Use NAMI’s PR and Marketing toolkitand our sample press release for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to help plan your media strategy.
| The following questions can help you determine the type of event you would like to plan: