Recognizing National Minority Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Groups across the country are joining in recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and bringing awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness. 

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Office of Minority Health is focusing on promoting tools and resources that address the stigma about mental health among racial and ethnic minority populations.

UNC Charlotte is joining the effort through research briefs published by the Mental Health Research and Practice Team in the Urban Education Collaborative. Faculty, students and graduates from UNC Charlotte and a group of other local colleges and universities contributed to the pieces. 

“Collaboration between faculty and students is essential to producing research that aims to eliminate mental health disparities for diverse communities. It acknowledges the contributions of students as thought leaders and change agents,” said Sonyia Richardson, a professor of social work at UNC Charlotte and director of the Mental Health Research and Practice Team.

Read the research briefs below:

Addressing Black Maternal Health Disparities, Suicidal Ideation, and Solutions

Serious Mental Health and Suicide among Black Youth

Addressing the Needs of Black Students Returning to In Person Instruction”

Gender Differences in Black Youth Suicide”