Minority Mental Health Events

NAMI Urban Los Angeles

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Join NAMI Urban LA for an afternoon of light fare and music. Each year NAMI Urban Los Angeles celebrates their founder, Bebe Moore Campbell, by having event in her honor to recognize the contribution she made to mental health. This year's honorees are Paco Retana, LCSW, and Dr. Bryan Nichols, Clinical Psychologist.

Tickets are $75. Advance purchase only! 


Sunday, July 22, 2018

2:00pm - 5:00pm

The CenterPointe Club

6200 Playa Vista Dr

Playa Vista, CA 90094

NAMI Sacramento

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NAMI Sacramento invites you to a Multicultural Townhall addressing how to tackle the challenges of mental health conditions, health care coverage and the stigma of mental illness especially when it comes to serving marginalized communities.

Program Features: Panel Discussion, Networking, Refreshments. Flyer.

Keynote speaker:

Elaine Whitefeather - Executive Director at Community For Peace


Thursday, July 19, 2018

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Pannell Meadowview Community Center

2450 Meadowview Road

Sacramento, CA 95832

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NAMI Mt. San Jacinto

NAMI Mt San Jacinto invites you to attend an open house event in commemoration of National Bebe Moore Campbell Mental Health Awareness Month.

Help to end the stigma and discrimination in mental health. Find out more about programs and support available. Includes Presentations in English and Spanish.

Light refreshments will be served.


Friday July 20, 2018

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

650 N State St

Hemet, CA 92543

Represent Recovery: Roopa Grewal

Our Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month series continues with Roopa Grewal, who has been a NAMI peer leader for over ten years and received the NAMI California Peer Award in 2016. Roopa recounts the stages of her Borderline Personality Disorder, the stigma around mental health challenges within her family and the Indian community, and what it means to be part of a compassionate community of peers. Now a professional consultant offering peer support, career planning, public speaking and training/ facilitating, she demonstrates that recovery is possible.

NAMI Affiliates Hold LGBTQ+ Pride Events

#MinorityMentalHealth includes promoting mental health wellness and awareness in the LGBTQ+ community. Last month, several NAMI affiliates hosted local Pride events, in which they focused on the unique needs and challenges facing LGBTQ+ folks affected by mental illness.


NAMI Ventura County

In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, NAMI Ventura County, under the leadership of Executive Director David Deutsch, partnered with Diversity Collective Ventura County to host a Pride event titled “Prism of Thought.” The event included a DJ, an art show featuring two local LGBTQ+ artists, Glen Heppner and Aspen Leavitt, poetry readings by Kaiden Wilde and Alejandra Nicole, and several featured speakers. Organizations with representatives attending the event included: Rainbow Umbrella, The Ventura County Office of Education, and Kaiser Permanente. The event kicked off with a networking hour that allowed attendees time to get to know one another and view the beautiful art on display. The event then transitioned to several speakers who spoke on the intersection of mental health and LGBTQ+ issues. Though the speakers spoke in English, Ventura County Behavioral Health provided Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to ensure all attendees could receive each speaker’s message.

                Joseph Summers, Director of the Diversity Collective Ventura County, welcomed everyone to the event and to the Diversity Collective Ventura County. David Deutsch then talked about the work NAMI Ventura County does and how they seek to improve the mental health of LGBTQ+ folks. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin then talked about legislation she is working on in partnership with Assemblymember Evan Low to fight to ban conversion therapy. Catherine Chivers, Community Engagement Coordinator for NAMI California, discussed NAMI CA’s advocacy efforts to improve care and access to care for LGBTQ+ people at the state level. Maria Hernandez, Ethnic Services Manager for Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH), discussed efforts to improve the mental health for LGBTQ+ folks at the county level.  Laura Lawson Pascua, Founder and Director of Holding Our Pride and Equality (HOPE), discussed the queer-affirming therapy and support HOPE provides to LGBTQ+ folks. In the wake of two celebrity suicides, Jennifer Bailey-Guerra, a Mental Health Clinician at HOPE, discussed several ways in which we can support those who are struggling in our communities to help prevent suicide. Joseph Summers then thanked everyone for attending the event and for committing to improving the mental health of all people, especially marginalized communities such as LGBTQ+ folks.

NAMI Mt. San Jacinto

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On June 8, 2018, NAMI Mt. San Jacinto, under the leadership of Executive Director Brenda Scott, hosted the City of Hemet’s first ever Pride celebration. The event was held at the Historic Hemet Theatre and kicked off with meet and greet, which included resource tables showcasing local LGBTQ-affirming organizations. Brian Tisdale, Legislative Assistant, presented a Proclamation on behalf of Supervisor Chuck Washington’s office that announced that June is Pride month. The event continued with several video clips followed by youth performances. There were several spoken word performances by youth telling their journey as LGBTQ+. Several youths then performed song and dance acts.  The performances were followed by a panel of LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. The panelists discussed their personal experiences including coming out, fighting discrimination, finding support systems, and their visions for a more inclusive future. Overall, the event was a huge success and will hopefully be followed by Hemet’s second Pride celebration in June of 2019.

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NAMI Kern County

In Celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, NAMI Kern County, under the leadership of Executive Director Sharon Woolfolk, held two events: Pride Month Kickoff and Pride Week Meet & Greet. NAMI Kern County partnered with The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity and Kern Behavioral & Health Recovery Services, Consumer Family Learning Center, to put on these events. The events included team building activities, music, and an educational component discussing the history of the LGBTQ+ movement. As well, NAMI Kern County facilitated a Mental Health 101 Presentation tailored to the LGBTQ+ community. The events were a huge success and there was an even larger turnout than NAMI Kern County’s Pride event last year!

Represent Recovery: Elaine Peng

Our Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month series continues with Elaine Peng, who leads NAMI Chinese programs and is the president of Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities, sharing her personal story about her daughter's bipolar disorder and the effect it had on her own mental health. Elaine also discusses mental health stigma within the Chinese community.


Our Represent Recovery Initiative calls for a shift in the way we view mental health in diverse cultural communities. It aims to serve members of underrepresented communities while centering their voices in the overall mental health movement. Visibility and representation matter both in mental health treatment and mental health awareness activism.

Today we unveil our Asian Pacific Islander resource page.

Stay connected as we roll out resource pages for various underrepresented communities.


Sisters in the Struggle: The origins of Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Nancy Carter tells us about her work alongside Bebe Moore Campbell spearheading NAMI Urban Los Angeles to reach communities of color, the origins of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and her personal mental health journey going from family member to accomplished advocate to the sudden but enlightening perspective of newly diagnosed peer.


NAMI California is committed to addressing barriers to accessing mental health care in underserved communities. We work in partnership with diverse communities to provide mental health education and peer support that is culturally relevant and appropriate. We advocate for policy change to increase access to mental health care and end the stigma surrounding mental illness

In honor of Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we will be featuring filmed personal stories of recovery and hope by fellow community members across the state for our Bebe Moore Campbell video series. We will also feature events being put together by our affiliates in honor of this month. Join us by following and sharing our blog to bring awareness to the mental health needs and stories of underrepresented communities.