POC Mental Health Awareness Month
In June 2008, the US House of Representatives established July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Bebe Moore Campbell was an author and mental health advocate. The hope of establishing this month in her honor was to continue work to increase awareness and reduce stigma of behavioral health in diverse communities.
Addressing equity and stigma is critical to us on the Colorado Spirit Team (watch Ayla and Lori talk about the stigma of living with mental health challenges and COVID-19 here). We also know that in addition to behavioral health concerns like depression, anxiety, or substance use, People of Color (POC) often experience racism and are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which can contribute to additional mental health concerns. The Colorado Spirit team strives to be an accessible, equitable, and meaningful resource for all members of the community. We want to share the simple message that you are not alone. While we know access to culturally competent behavioral health services is challenging right now, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Colorado Spirit Team at AllHealth Network or one of our partner Colorado Spirit teams for connection around pandemic related stress (click here for a list of all Colorado Spirit teams in the state including teams at the Center for African American Health, the Denver Indian Center, and Servicios de la Raza).
The Colorado Spirit team strives to be an accessible, equitable, and meaningful resource for all members of the community. We want to share the simple message that you are not alone.
Not looking to talk with someone, but still looking for information? Check out some of these resources for wellness and behavioral health:
- The Asian Mental Health Collective
- Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
- Black Mental Wellness Corporation
- Latinx Therapy
- National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
- Native Wellness Institute
- Therapy for Black Girls
- Therapy for Black Men
- We R Native
If speaking to someone would help, please reach out. AllHealth Network provides several supports.
- To speak with someone in the Colorado Spirit Program about stress related to the pandemic, please call 720-707-6789 or visit our webpage at allhealthnetwork.org/Colorado-Spirit
- For information about other services at AllHealth Network or to get connected with ongoing behavioral health support, please call 303-730-8858. AllHealth Network is continuing to provide service via telehealth or by phone and our Crisis Walk-in Center remains open 24/7.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and are in need of immediate assistance, please call the Colorado Crisis Hotline at 1-844-493-8255 (TALK) or text TALK to 38255.
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