Famed African American and best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell gifted us with amazing novels that addressed issues like racism and mental illness. Her books are timeless. Who remembers “Singing in the Comeback Choir” and “Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine”?
In addition to her gift of storytelling Campbell was committed to destigmatizing mental illness particularly in African American and minority communities. As one of the founding members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) she advocated for the mental health of others till her death in 2006.
After her death, friends, family, and advocates who were inspired by her work led the charge to raise awareness of minority mental health. The goal of the resolution sponsored by Rep. Albert Wynn [D-MD is:
- To improve access to mental health treatment and services and promote public awareness of mental illness.
- Name a month as the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.
U.S. House of Representatives named July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008. Next month communities around the country are encouraged to share facts, graphics, and above all talk about mental health!
Did you know?
- More than 60 million Americans suffer from a mental health condition in a given year.
- In a 2006 study, suicide was cited as the third leading cause of death for African Americans ages 15-19.
- Only 1 out of 3 African Americans who need mental health care receive it.
- According to the Department of Health and Human Services, minority populations are less likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition—and also have less access to adequate care
In honor of Bebe Campbell Moore, I am offering a yoga workshop entitled, Free your Mind for Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in Washington, DC. Did you know that yoga can benefit your mental health and well-being?
- Yoga may also help ease symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Yoga therapy can help patients with eating disorders change their attitude about their bodies
- Yoga is known to benefit the mind and body, which means it can potentially help with PTSD. A study in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found yoga improved the lives of women with PTSD
- Yoga offers the opportunity to release stress and tension
Join me for a gentle Faith & Flow yoga practice, a discussion on minority mental health followed by refreshments, and fellowship on July 14, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in partnership with BlackGirl Health and Lululemon in Georgetown. Learn more here.