Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this.
The following report analyzes responses to the 2017 – 2018 Membership Advocacy Survey, released 11/2/2017 through newsletters and email communications to NAMI members. We surpassed last year’s response total of 430 with 662 individual responses submitted and an overall 12% response rate.
The MHSA imposes a 1 percent income tax on individuals earning more than $1 million a year in order to expand existing mental health programs and services, address the stigma and discrimination associated with seeking mental health services, and implement innovative programs that increase the quality of mental health services and improve access to underserved groups.