July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month — an annual awareness month created to highlight the unique mental health challenges of historically oppressed racial and ethnic groups across the United States.
As Mental Health America’s 2022 theme is #BeyondTheNumbers — recognizing the ways that the numbers and statistics don’t tell us the full story — we at The Mighty wanted to highlight just some of our incredible writers from BIPOC groups and the ways their mental health experiences are affected by the world around them. That’s not to say that the numbers aren’t important, though — they tell us that the disparity between white and BIPOC people is huge, and that society needs to do more.
I invite you to have a look at those featured below and share their words beyond this month alone. And, while I’ve chosen to share articles about their experience as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, they write about so much more, so make sure to check out more of their work.
Without further ado:
1. Ameera Ladak
Ameera Ladak (they/them) is a gender nonconforming person who writes about ADHD, depression, anxiety, and functional neurological disorder/conversion disorder. They’ve also written about their identity as Muslim and the complexity of emotion that comes with living authentically as gender nonconforming.
It’s My First Ramadan Taking ADHD Medication — Here’s How I’m Approaching It What Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ Got Right About the Struggle of Balancing Between Cultures How White Therapists Can Better Support the BIPOC Community 2. Jeanna Ford
Jeanna Ford is a recent Mighty contributor who shared her story
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