July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Despite advances in health equity, disparities in mental health care persist.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
  • Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition.
  • Almost 25% of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino.
  • Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic groups.
  • In the past year, nearly 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native young adults had serious thoughts of suicide.
  • In the past year, 1 in 7 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults had a diagnosable mental illness.
ADAA is developing new website pages that focus on minority mental health issues that we will be publishing later this summer. Stay tuned. ADAA blog posts and current articles on minority mental health issues:
Personal Story of Triumph: 
Ending the Stigma Takes All Our Voices - Every Day and Every Month of the Year
By Tony Reali
ESPN Sports Personality
"Today, let us consider how the stigma attached to mental health affects us all and locate our ourselves in all that.  Let's wrestle with the fact that stigma can be twofold: from the outside- the prejudice and harsh discrimination our culture impresses upon us/how we view people other people - and from within, the prejudice in which we can turn against ourselves."  Read more.

Interested in sharing your personal story of triumph with anxiety, depression, or co-occurring disorders? Contact [email protected] for more information.

Taking Action - Donor Corner:
"Anyone suffering from depression will tell you how hard it is to be passionate about anything a lot of the time. A lack of excitement and drive just comes with serotonin-less territory and I was frequent visitor. Rock shows used to literally get my blood pumping, but after depression hit me, they might as well have been singing lullabies up on that stage. All my favorite things had become either dreadfully boring or I was too paranoid to leave the house, with or without the kids. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, lit my fire anymore..."  Read more.

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Grupo anónimo peer-to-peer línea de apoyo ansiedad y la depresión de ADAA es un lugar agradable, seguro y de apoyo para los individuos y sus familias para compartir información y experiencias.  Suscríbete hoy!
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Fundraising with Facebook
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July 2018
Recent Blog Posts
by Heather Von St. James

"I started crying as I sat in my car after my last radiation treatment, looking at the diploma they gave me printed on cheap copy paper from the office.  I sobbed for a good 20 minutes. I felt so lost and abandoned. My final day of cancer treatment was one of the lowest points of my life. Contrary to popular belief, getting a diploma to signify "graduating" from treatment felt more ridiculous than triumphant..."  Read more.

by ADAA Member Richa Bhatia, MD, FAPA

"Rates of childhood depression have been rising in the last several years. Yet, information and awareness about childhood depression has not caught on at the same rate. Millions of people across the world wonder and doubt if children can get depressed. Many well-intentioned adults still believe that children 'can't get depressed. They are so young- what do they have to be depressed about? When we were that age, we were just happy'. Alongside misunderstanding is stigma and the idea that mental illness is a taboo subject..."   Read more.

ADAA Members Share Their Expertise on Suicide Prevention
On July 11th, 2018, ADAA member experts Dr. Simon Rego and Dr. Anne Marie Albano hosted a Twitter chat under the hashtag #ADAATalksSuicide, where they shared their knowledge on suicide prevention and warning signs, and how to talk to a loved one about suicide.  
ADAA in the News
ADAA resources, programs and initiatives as well as many ADAA member experts are frequently quoted/highlighted in national and international news platforms. We invite you to  browse through current articles .

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