July is a mix of things to celebrate.
July was first declared as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008. Since then, July has been a time to acknowledge and explore issues concerning mental health, substance use disorders, and minority communities, and to destigmatize mental illness and enhance public awareness of mental illness among affected minority groups across the U.S. Studies suggest that racial minority groups and sexual minority groups show higher levels of anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health disorders.
Unfortunately, in most of the cases, society’s deep-rooted prejudice towards such stigmatized minority groups is a major cause of feelings of rejection, estrangement, and harassment. Moreover, immigration status, economic conditions, education levels, and access to public health benefits are just a few differences that can adversely impact the experiences of various ethnic groups in the U.S.
The fact is anyone can experience mental health conditions, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. However, within our society, culture, values, background and identity can all affect how we experience and perceive mental health care, which will impact how effective mental health management is addressed. Here are some important facts and statistics:
According to U.S. Veteran Affairs, researchers who conducted various studies of PTSD in ethnic minority Vietnam Veteran populations found that overall ethnic minority groups have a higher rate of PTSD than white veterans, especially Blacks and Latinx.
Native and indigenous people, who serve in the military at higher rates than other groups, are disproportionately affected by mental health and substance use issues with severely limited access to support and services.
According to studies, 1 in 5 Latinx experiences mental health challenges. Yet, they are one of the least likely to seek mental health treatment due to language fluency, cultural barriers and access to health coverage.
Reports show that Asian Americans are three times less likely to seek mental health services than other Americans due to the stigma of how mental illness would reflect on their families and they face the most difficulty accessing care because of language barriers.
There is an estimated one million lesbian, gay or bisexual veterans in the U.S., however the LGBTQ+ group is known to face increased health risks and unique challenges accessing care.
These facts are important because the disparities in accessing quality mental health care cannot and should not be ignored. Cultural stigma, socioeconomic factors, structural barriers, bias and discrimination does impact an individual's ability to access the quality care they deserve.
Cultural competence among mental health care providers is also essential in helping receiving care. Conscious or unconscious bias or lack of cultural competence can result in misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment and mistrust. Cultural competence matters in mental health care, and if you don’t feel like you are able to connect with your current service provider, you have the right to change them.
Resources as it relates to Minority Mental Health Awareness Month- in addition to the services offered at EMRC:
SAMHSA’s Mental Health Hotline
- Immediate crisis: 988
- Phone: 1-800-662-4357
- Immediate crisis: 988
- Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Phone (En español): 1-888-628-9454
Veterans Crisis Line
- Phone: 1-800-273-8255 (PRESS 1 or TEXT 838255)
- Online Chat
Access Health Services
- Location: 9470 Annapolis Rd Lanham, MD 20706
- Phone: (202) 499-4300
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals
- Location: 1420 Spring St #300 Silver Spring, MD 20910
- Phone: (240) 847-7500
- Email: email@example.com
Embark Behavioral Health
- Location: 7945 MacArthur Blvd Suite 210 Cabin John, MD 20818
- Phone: (301) 686-5972
Adult Behavioral Health Program
- Location: 11002 Veirs Mill Rd Suite 705 Silver Spring, MD 20902
- Phone: (240) 777-3962
Life Stance Health Doveal Goins, PsyD
- Location: 1662 Village Green Ste 100 Crofton, MD 21114
- Phone: (410) 757-2077
Covenant Healthcare System
- Location: 3415 Hamilton Street, Suite 6 West Hyattsville, Maryland 20782
- Phone: (301) 363-0707
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you need immediate help finding shelter or a place to eat, call 211.
Baltimore- Our Daily Bread Employment Center
725 Fallsway, Baltimore City
PG CO- Bethel House 301-372-1700 & Salvation Army of Prince George’s County Food Pantry 301-277-6103
AA CO- Anne Arundel County Food Access WARM Line 410- 222- 3663 &
Anne Arundel County Food Bank
120 Marbury Drive Crownsville, MD 21032
Harford CO- Breathe 379, 2124 Nuttal Ave. Edgewood. Groceries, prepared food, clothes.
& EPICENTER, EPICENTER at Edgewood, 1918 Pulaski Hwy, Edgewood. 443.981.3742.
Mental Health Assistance
National Alliance for Mental Illness
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 24/7: 1-800-273-8255
Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.
Call 24/7: 410-433-5175 if you or someone you know needs help with a mental health crisis
Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP)
201 N. Charles St., Suite 1104, Baltimore City
410-685-6589 / 800-773-4340
Provides free legal aid to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Maryland Legal Aid
500 E. Lexington St., Baltimore City
Provides a full range of free civil legal services to financially eligible individuals, with a focus on legal issues concerning elder rights, employment, family, public benefits, health care and housing
Assists prisoners, ex-prisoners and others in need become independent, responsible citizens through civil legal assistance and re-entry services
Baltimore- Alternative Directions
2505 N. Charles St., Baltimore City
PG CO- People Ready 5814 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 (301)277-2172
AA CO- AmeriCorps (800) 942-2677
Beans and Bread
402 South Bond St., Baltimore City
ID cards and birth certificates available on the first business day of the month to the first 5 to 10 people who arrive
435 East 25th St., Baltimore
Provides assistance with birth certificate and ID cards applications
ONE STOP CAREER CENTERS
Downtown One Stop Career Center
1100 North Eutaw St., Room 101, Baltimore City
Eastside One-Stop Career Center
3001 East Madison St., Baltimore City
Provides assistance with job search strategies, employment referrals and placement and other workforce services; offers access to copiers, faxes and phones
Northwest American Job Center (Re-entry Center)
Mondawmin Mall, Suite 302
2401 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
435 E. 25th St., Baltimore City
101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore City
2828 Loch Raven Rd., Baltimore City
Provides clothing, communication, laundry, food, recreation and showers
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