the U.S. House of Representatives designated July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in honor of the leading African American novelist and journalist, who also was a voice for individuals and families affected by mental Illness.
Bebe Moore Campbell was an accomplished author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles, and national spokesperson, who passed away in 2006. She received NAMI's 2003 Outstanding Media Award for Literature for the book
Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry,
written especially for children, about a young girl who learns how to cope with her mother's bipolar illness. In 2005, her novel
focused on an adult daughter and a family's experience with the onset of mental illness. It helped educate Americans that the struggle often is not just with the illness, but with the healthcare system as well.