July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was recognized in 2008 to get the conversation started about mental health in Black and Latino communities. According to an interview that Van Jones had with Jay Z earlier this year, we’re silent on these types of things because there is a stigma attached to seeking a therapist, or just being open and honest about your emotions. This year’s theme, created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is #CureStigma. #CureStigma is meant to continue the efforts of breaking this silence on mental health in Black and brown communities to promote healing.
To support this theme, NAMI released a three-part docuseries called “Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community.” In each part of the series, we have Lorenzo Lewis, founder of the Confess Project, A.J. Mendez, retired professional wrestler, and Jasmine Pierre, a mental health advocate, opening up about their own struggles with mental illness, how they got better, and what they’re doing now to help others around them. The series was made to bring light to different figures within these communities that are taking these first steps to break the silence. If you, or anyone else you know, is struggling with any form of mental illness, watch the series, find your path to get better, and join the efforts of raising mental health awareness.