July Is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In 2008, federal lawmakers named July Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (NMMHAM). The month is named after Bebe Moore Campbell, a mental health awareness advocate who died in 2006.

NMMHAM is aimed at educating people about mental illnesses as a medical condition in minority communities, and how mental illness can affect a person’s thinking, mood and ability to relate and function around others. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a mental illness advocate group that helps people with employment, housing, access to healthcare and medication and insurance, sponsors NMMHAM.

For further information about NMMHAM, you can visit the NAMI website. Some common forms of mental illness include:

  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline personality disorder

Many people suffering from mental illness are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you have questions about applying for disability benefits or are unsure if you qualify, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney. We offer free consultations, and you may reach us by phone at (918) 265-1404. Contact us today to learn more about your rights.

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Troutman Touts: An estimated 26.2 percent of American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder.

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