Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have experienced a broad spectrum of discrimination and inequality rooted in America’s racist origins, which contributes to overall health outcomes. It is also a month to celebrate the incredible accomplishments historically marginalized groups have made despite barriers to care and quality services. It is important that we shine a light on both the harm done and the perseverance despite obstacles.

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, originally designated as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, was formally recognized in 2008, due to the work of American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate, Bebe Moore Campbell. She worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the mental health needs of Black and other historically marginalized communities. Diagnosis rates of mental health conditions in African Americans are similar to those of the general population.

DBSA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DBSA recognizes the unique ways identity, culture, and access affect people living with mood disorders. We strive to create safe and inclusive spaces for individuals to feel empowered on their path to wellness. DBSA seeks to create equitable access to peer support services and mental health resources and advocate for all individuals with a lived experience with a mood disorder, regardless of cultural and social identity or systemic barriers.

Learn more about how culture and identity impact mental health

Learning about how race, culture, and identity factor into mental health is the first step in understanding the unique lived experiences of everyone and addressing inequality.

Identity and Culture 

Parents and Caregivers Supporting BIPOC Mental Health

Receiving good care can be a challenge for anyone, but is made harder by bias, stigma, and racism. As a parent or caregiver, understanding how to find culturally competent care can be the first step to ensuring that no additional harm is done in a space that has long been fraught and rightfully distrusted in historically marginalized communities.

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Race and Mental Health: Personal Perspectives on the Future of Wellness

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to reflect on and raise awareness of the unique mental health challenges that historically marginalized communities face. In this discussion, hear from three members of the DBSA community on what the path to wellness for all people looks like for them.

Mental Health Equity: Access & Outcome Disparities in Black Communities

DBSA Board Member Dr. Altha J. Stewart defines equity as an opportunity for everyone to have good mental health.