Marking BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month
In recent months, our country has awakened to the longstanding effects of racism, including the effects on mental health and systems of care. Black and Latinx people in the United States have experienced higher infection and death rates from COVID-19. There are also greater mental health impacts on people who identify as Asian, Pacific Islander or mixed race, and for those who identify as LGBTQ+.
In honor of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month, we share a quote from the late Bebe Moore Campbell, an author, journalist and the co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles.
“Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans. … It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible.”
If you or someone you care about is experiencing anxiety, depression or other emotional issues, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available. Take the first step and reach out for confidential support, counseling and referral to resources.
Contact the In-House EAP from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday year-round. Call 240-314-1040 to leave a confidential voicemail message. Or, email the EAP counselors directly at Jeffrey Becker, LCSW-C, CEAP, or Robyn Rosenbauer, LCSW-C, CEAP.
Contact the eExternal EAP. KEPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call toll-free 866-496-9599 or visit EAPhelplink.com (passcode: MCPS).
2020 Outreach Toolkit on BIPOC Mental Health Month (Mental Health of America)
Learn About Minority Mental Health Month (NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness)