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Celebrating Recovery Awareness with an Increasingly Diverse Nation

Recovery for All
February 2010

As NAMI moves forward to becoming a diverse organization at all levels, we can take advantage of existing resources and celebrations to help us successfully engage diverse communities. One of these celebrations takes place the entire month of July, which the House of Representatives proclaimed as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008.

The Multicultural Action Center is already gearing up for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2010 and has made resources available to support awareness and outreach efforts across the country. On the NAMI website you can find:

  • suggested activities such as presentations, screenings, resource donations and media outreach;
  • links to join in and listen to recorded training webinars to help you prepare for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month;
  • resources in both Spanish and English including a sample press release, sample mayoral/gubernatorial proclamation and cover letter, downloadable logos and stickers;
  • practical examples of awareness efforts and highlight activities from around the country that took place in 2008 and 2009; and
  • the history of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and learn about Bebe Moore Campbell, for whom the month was named.

Mental health advocates and NAMI partners around the country can raise awareness about mental illness, treatment and recovery in diverse communities during this month by hosting special events and partnering with local multicultural businesses and organizations. Many who have experience with Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) can draw from this experience for good ideas of the types of activities and events to host to raise mental health awareness.

Stay tuned and visit the NAMI website for updates.


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