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BIPOC Mental Health Month

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, Minority Mental Health Month, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month [ bahy-pok, bee-ahy-pee-oh-see men-tl helth muhnth ]

What is BIPOC Mental Health Month?

BIPOC Mental Health Month is a month-long observance dedicated to raising awareness about and building support around the mental health issues specifically faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (abbreviated as BIPOC) in the US.

The month is based on the recognition that Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color face unique circumstances and challenges in relation to their mental health in the context of systemic racism, including unique forms of trauma and stress.

The month is often observed with educational events and opportunities to receive support and access to mental health resources to help people maintain and improve their mental health, as well as working to remove the stigmas around mental health conditions.

When is BIPOC Mental Health Month?

BIPOC Mental Health Month is observed each year during the month of July.

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Related words

Mental Health Awareness Month, BIPOC, Black History Month, Autism Awareness Month, Older Americans Month, Pride Month

Where does BIPOC Mental Health Month come from?

The event that became known as BIPOC Mental Health Month was first officially observed in 2008 as Minority Mental Health Month. It is sometimes referred to as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell, a Black American author and mental health advocate.

The related observance known as Mental Health Awareness Month is observed in May and has been observed in some form since at least 1949. BIPOC Mental Health Month was developed to specifically address and raise awareness around the barriers to mental health care faced by members of the BIPOC community.

Examples of BIPOC Mental Health Month

It’s BIPOC mental health month! Remember to take some time to care for yourself
@Sheytown099, July 1, 2020
July is BIPOC Mental Health Month. Formerly known as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and observed each July, this month brings awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the US.
@IDONTMIND, July 1, 2020
The avoidance of a very tangible reality may help them avoid shaking the status quo, but it also makes it really clear during times like BIPOC Mental Health Month that the call to action for a month like this isn’t to try to change them, it’s to try to feel less guilty about focusing on myself.
Vivian Nunez, wellandgood.com, July 28, 2020
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  • Recent statistics show that Black and Latinx people in the US receive mental health care at half the rate of white people.

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