Minority Mental Health is #NotACharacterFlaw
Original story at Human Rights Campaign• 2 mentions • 2 weeks ago
Human Rights Campaign 2 weeks ago
This op-ed, authored by Jean-Phillipe Regis, Manger of Children, Youth and Families at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, originally appeared in Mental Health America. In minority and marginalized communities, mental health is often considered a taboo or weakness--something I’ve heard should be “taken to God.” Treatment for mental illness is spoken about in even more hushed tones. That’s one reason that July was designated Minority Mental Health Awareness Month back in 2008: to begin normalizing these conversations and to reduce the stigma that prevents so many people from talking openly and honestly about their mental health challenges. From personal experiences ...