July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July 23, 2020
Barbara Boustead
Image by Gerd Altmann

Right now, COVID-19 is ravaging the world, and here in the U.S., the country is dealing with not only the pandemic, but also protests in most cities. We’re entering the fourth month of actively being locked down, and sixth month of concern about the virus.

All of this is taking a toll on our mental health. And with most states still under some form of shelter-in-place, social distancing, or restrictions on what can or cannot be open, getting to therapy is not a simple matter.

For minorities, this toll is even higher, and access to mental health resources is even harder to come by. To help address this shortcoming, in 2008, July was named National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in order to bring awareness to how the weight of the challenges minorities deal with every single day impacts every part of their lives, and the different ways it can manifest.

It aims to fight the stigma associated with taking care of one’s mental health and be a resource for anyone struggling – mental health professionals, families of anyone suffering, and anyone else who needs help. The Delaware chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health has put together a series of videos on the specific mental health issues faced by the minority community.

So how can Mary’s Daughter help? One of the biggest effects of the current pandemic is financial. The longer this goes on, the more people lose their jobs and sense of financial security. Which makes already stressed and anxious people more stressed and more anxious. As a licensed clinical social worker and a Daily Money Manager, I can address both of those issues and be a knowledgeable resource in our community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can reach me here.