Day: July 2, 2015

July is The Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month

The month of July is called the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month, otherwise known as National Minority Mental Health Month. The national observance month was named after famed author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Urban Los Angeles and national spokesman, Bebe Moore Campbell. She fought to end the stigma of mental illness among minority groups, particular among African -Americans. Campbell also wanted minorities to have access to mental health information. In 2005, she and her friend, Linda Wharton Boyd, had a conversation that led to an idea of initiating a minority mental health awareness month. The two friends set out coming up with ideas that would promote awareness and improve mental health treatment among minorities for that month. Sadly, during the time she and her friend were creating the month, she was battling brain cancer and did not see her hard work come to pass. So, in 2008 with the help of Campbell’s friends and members of Congress, July was established the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

To read more about Bebe Moore Campbell click on the link(s) below:

NAMI

 About Bebe Moore Campbell

Time.com

Between the Lines with Bebe Moore Campbell

NYTimes.com

Celebrating the Life of Bebe Moore Campbell

Books By Bebe Moore Campbell

Summary by Amazon.com:

“Some mornings, Annie’s mother’s smiles are as bright as sunshine as she makes pancakes for breakfast and helps Annie get ready for school.

But other days, her mother doesn’t smile at all and gets very angry. Those days Annie has to be a big girl and make her own breakfast, and even put herself to bed at night. But Annie’s grandma helps her remember what to do when her mommy isn’t well, and her silly friends are there to cheer her up. And no matter what, Annie knows that even when Mommy is angry on the outside, on the inside she never stops loving her.”

Summary from Amazon.com:

“Trina is eighteen and suffers from bi-polar disorder, making her paranoid, wild, and violent. Frightened by her own child, Keri searches for help, quickly learning that the mental health community can only offer her a seventy-two hour hold. After these three days Trina is off on her own again. Fed up with the bureaucracy and determined to save her daughter by any means necessary, Keri signs on for an illegal intervention known as The Program, launching them both on a terrifying journey.”