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.
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