As a female person of color therapist who also sees those who would be classified under the minority category, I am impacted both personally and professionally around the lack of awareness and resources regarding mental health for underrepresented groups in the United States. I get SO many questions daily from other people of color regarding the lack of emotional support and resources available to them. The same is true if said women also happen to be on the LGBTQIA spectrum.
The purpose of MMHM is to highlight how being a part of a (sometimes more than one) marginalized community impacts your overall wellness. How being a ‘minority’ in the United States increases your chances of experiencing trauma, emotional hardship, mental illness and sadly a higher rate of the aforementioned being unreported or addressed.
Myself and some other minority mental health practitioners banded together to create a Minority Mental Health Month Campaign that ended with a five day yoga challenge. Our aim was to increase awareness but also engage in some form of healing for those who are a part of a marginalized community. Please follow the hashtag #minoiritymentalhealthmonth and #minoritymentalhealthyogachallenge to see pictures from our challenge but more importantly statistics of how mental health impacts underserved communities. Below are the Instagram handles of the mental health practitioners who were involved!
This post was written by Alanna Gardner, MFT