This is NAMI's Multicultural Action Center News Update. Click here for more information, to access the archives and find out how to subscribe.
NAMI's official partnership of Lifetime's "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film" features a call to action for individuals and families living with mental illness to help shed light on mental illness and encourage understanding and conversation. The film features its notable cast, including Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer and Ernie Hudson, in a series of five shorts focusing on the characters' experiences with mental illness. Powerful relationships built on hope and triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness.
Click the above banner to learn more and join in with this call to action and be sure to watch the short, powerful call to action video starring "Call Me Crazy" cast members (pictured right). Tune in for the "Call Me Crazy" premiere airing on Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. ET /7 p.m. CT.
Series on mental health in black community seeks to remove stigma (The Denver Post, 3/29/13, by Colleen O'Connor)
Initiative ends silence about Asian American mental health (University of Illinois at Chicago News Center, 4/2/13, by Christy Levy)
'Harvard Speaks Up' About Mental Health (The Harvard Crimson, 4/8/13, by Quinn D. Hatoff)
- Improving Access to Children's Mental Health Care: Lessons from a Study of Eleven States (Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, March 2013)
- Communities Using New Spin on Tradition to Help At-Risk Yup’ik Youth (as reported by the National Network to Eliminate Disparities, March 29, 2013)
- CDC Quickstats: Annual Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Suicide and Homicide, by Black or White Race
From 1999 to 2010, annual age-adjusted homicide death rates for blacks were at least four times the rates for whites. In contrast, suicide rates for whites were twice as high as the rates for blacks. From 1999 to 2010, homicide death rates decreased 13.2 percent among whites, from 3.8 deaths per 100,000 population to 3.3, and suicide rates increased 20.4 percent, from 11.3 deaths per 100,000 population to 13.6. Among blacks, homicide death rates increased 7.0 percent, from 20.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999 to 21.5 in 2006, then decreased 17.7 percent, from 21.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2006 to 17.7 in 2010. Suicide rates decreased 7.1 percent among blacks, from 5.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999 to 5.2 in 2010.
- Office of Minority Health recognizes April as National Minority Health Month. This year's theme, Advance Health Equity Now: Uniting Our Communities to Bring Health Care Coverage to All, is a call to action, a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our communities and increasing access to quality, affordable health care for everyone.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced a navigator program funding opportunity for states that will have federally-facilitated health insurance marketplaces (also called “exchanges”), including states that are partnering with the federal government to operate their marketplace.
- Families USA will host an informational call on the Navigator Program Funding Opportunity on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET. Click here to RSVP.
Diverse community interest sessions of the NAMI 2013 Convention are now featured in programming information. Check it out and use conference registration code MAC0413 (that’s the number zero in the middle) to show us your support of this community-focused programming intent to attend these sessions. Non-members utilizing this code will receive a registration discount at member rates.