Beginning in 2008, July was designated as Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (also know as BIPOC - Black, Indigenous, People of Color Mental Health Month). The month honors Bebe's legacy (she passed away in 2006) and brings attention to the lack of mental healthcare services that impact BIPOC communities throughout the U.S.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness or #NAMI, "Bebe Moore Campbell was committed to creating safe spaces for people in communities of color to connect with others who share similar experiences and cultural backgrounds. These safe spaces served as a gateway to vital mental health resources and support networks.
This July — and beyond — we’re not only honoring Bebe Moore Campbell's legacy, but continuing it by empowering, uplifting and elevating historically underrepresented communities in their mental health journeys, while eradicating stigma and elevating communities."
You can learn more about Minority Mental Health Awareness Month at on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health website or the NAMI website.