Mental Health: Let’s Talk About Culture, Race And Ethnicity
As Minority Mental Health Month winds down, it is important to take a step back and remind ourselves that mental illness affects us all. Minority communities are less likely to receive mental health care than whites. Minorities have a long list of disparities when it comes to mental health care from racism to lack of cultural sensitivity. It’s time to educate people mental health without disregarding the different experiences minorities may encounter.
Being Transgender Is Not a Mental Disorder
In the past, studies have shown being transgender is a form of mental illness. But recent studies argue that being transgender is a condition related to sexual health. Many found their mental illness not from the transition itself, but from the social rejection and violence that comes with being transgender. The stigma associated with the transgender community needs to come to an end just as much as mental illness.
Looking for a creative way to start a conversation about mental health and engage a large population in your community or on your campus? Active Minds at Rochester Institute of Technology may have found one of the most creative ways yet to engage their campus, get the word out about their chapter, and educate their peers at the same time: they brought The White Balloon to their campus.
The goal of this program was to inform peers about the proportion of college students who live with mental illness in the United States. They accomplished this goal in three ways: balloons, mystery, and social media.
Suicide Prevention, Stress, and the Ideals of Perfection
Although I typically try to remain objective in the Mental Health New Round-Up, I break this form to share the following NYT article that includes my personal story.
Active Minds has been instrumental in my journey of recovery and advocacy and I am now involved with Active Minds Penn on campus (Check out our Chapter President’s video on her mental health story and another alum’s TedTalk video).
I am so grateful to Active Minds National for taking a chance on me as an intern when I was on leave and truly believing that sharing your story can change the world. Find out how you can share your story for Suicide Prevention Month.
(The typical mental health news round-up continues below)
UC Davis Psychiatrist Discusses Mental Health Stigma among Immigrant
Cultural stigma in immigrant communities prevent many from getting treatment. Dr. Russell Lim, a leading psychiatrist who focuses on the stigma in refugee populations, discusses how language determines how one describe mental health disorders, the importance of linkages to the communities, and the benefits of seeking treatment. This is an especially important read during Minority Mental Health Month (#MMHM).
Black Girls Smile Creator Fighting to Dispel the Misconceptions of Mental Health In the Community
Stigma in the black community makes it difficult for those struggling to seek the help they need. A new organization works to help black girls with mental health disorders by talking and educating people about mental health.
Have you heard about Active Minds at UCLA‘s iSupport Bracelet Campaign? Chapter members made and sold friendship bracelets to show love, support and awareness of mental health conditions.
Each bracelet is created with special colors to bring awareness to a different mental health conditions. Students can request and receive a custom-made bracelet supporting a specific condition (or multiple conditions). For example, for students requesting bracelets in support of substance abuse awareness, the chapter members create a bracelet primarily in the color red, the official color for substance abuse awareness.
By selling these bracelets on campus, Active Minds at UCLA is educating its community about mental health and raising funds at the same time — surpassing its fundraising goal of $1,000.Continue Reading