Not all illnesses have visible symptoms. Then, why do minorities still pay less attention to mental health than they do to physical health?

During Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Team Salud is here to invite you to have the difficult conversations.

Mental illness not being diagnosed or treated correctly is an issue across all communities and generations. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness this year.

The National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established by the House of Representatives in 2008 to remove the stigma and normalize mental health conversations among minorities. However, conversations regarding mental health are still not nearly as common as those about physical health.

The cost of treatment and insurance for mental health, together with discrimination and stigma and structural barriers like transportation are some of the most common obstacles mental health patients encounter every day.

Because we live in an age in which information is abundant, it’s important that we all put effort into spreading awareness about mental health illnesses, and normalizing the conversation, so the people suffering can ask for and receive the help they need.

Even though most people who suffer from a mental health illness can experience symptom relief from treatment, and receive support for their recovery, only about 50 percent of people diagnosed with a mental health illness get the help they need.

You can find more information about how to get involved in the NAMI website, calling the number 800-950-6264 or by sending an email to info@nami.org. If you know someone in a crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) even if they are not thinking of committing suicide.

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