Multicultural Action Center
Recovery for All: December 2009
As we enter the holiday season and near the close of another year, the NAMI Multicultural Action Center wishes to reflect on this past year and to acknowledge and thank our newsletter subscribers for your continued interest and support of our efforts. We are thankful to count many of you as our colleagues and partners in the field and look forward to our continued partnership to ensure progress toward eliminating mental health disparities, increasing access to quality care and support and making recovery a reality for all.
- NAMI Multicultural Action Center Recognized for Its Work on GLBTQI Mental Health
- New NAMI Diversity & Inclusion Work Group
- Start Planning for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2010
Highlights of our 2009 Accomplishments
- ¡Avanzamos! Published in New Fully Bilingual Format
- American Indian and Alaska Native Initiative
- In Living Color: Depression Treatment in Primary Care Curriculum Rollout
- Sharing Hope with African American Congregations
- New Resources Released on GLBTQI Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration
- Grading the States 2009
Plans for 2010
- Extension of Grant Programs
- Building a Diverse Movement
- Save the Date: 2010 NAMI Convention June 30-July 3
Depression Podcast Series Features New Episodes with Latino and Asian American Populations Focus
As a member of the Depression is Real Coalition, formed in 2006, NAMI works to provide important public education around the true nature of depression, and the important message of hope of recovery. The coalition’s podcast series, The Down & Up Show, features individuals living with the illness and other experts on depression in short recordings accessible through the coalition's Web site. NAMI was proud to contribute culture-specific considerations to this collection with two new episodes in November about depression among Latino and Asian American communities:
- Down & Up Show #60: Depresión Entre Latinos / Depression Among Latinos, the first Down & Up Show recorded in Spanish, features Margarita Alegría, Ph.D., director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, Harvard Medical School and is hosted by Majosé Carrasco, director of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center.
- Down & Up Show #61: Asian Americans and Depression features expert speaker Maggie Luo, coordinator of the Chinese American Mental Health Outreach Program at NAMI New Jersey, and Ken Duckworth, M.D., Medical Director of NAMI, as the host.
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Webinar Resources
Presentation materials from the NAMI-IHS Native American Heritage Month Webinar on American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health are now available on the NAMI Web site, including PowerPoint slides from presenters Jimi Kelley and Rose Weahkee, Ph.D. as well as links to further information about the “Empowering Our Spirits” youth suicide prevention initiative, discussed by John Walkup, M.D. and Allison Barlow, M.A., M.P.H. of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.
La mano amiga (The Helping Hand)
La mano amiga is a free monthly Spanish-language magazine that features original articles with information and advice for recent Latino immigrants. The publication covers a range of issues including mental health and wellness with culturally competent toll-free phone numbers and links to Spanish-language websites, empowering readers to seek further information.
- National Rural Health Association 15th Annual Rural Minority and Multicultural Health Conference Dec. 9-11, Memphis
- Colaborando Juntos Latino Behavioral Health Care Symposium, Dec. 11, Richmond, Va.
- 10th Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, Beyond the Illness: The Voice of One the Power of Many, Feb. 11-12, Austin, Texas
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