July 2020: Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

WHEREAS, the impact of the stigma and implicit bias surrounding mental health in the African American community and other minority communities is present and affects the health and well-being of minority population in our state; and,

 

WHEREAS, health care professionals remain concerned about racial and cultural disparities that are still evident in the mental health treatment system in our nation impacting life outcomes across the life span; and,  

 

WHEREAS, the recruitment of workforce serving the African American community and other minority communities should reflect the population served; and,

 

WHEREAS, professional counselors encourage organizations and localities to eliminate barriers for professional counseling services in minority serving schools, colleges, mental health agencies, community agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice, and other delivery settings; and,

 

WHEREAS, an improved understanding of multicultural counseling and minority mental health will be beneficial to all; and,

 

WHEREAS, it is important to raise consciousness on issues minority populations face and build a stronger and more resilient community for all;

   

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2020 as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in Michigan.