Many children and adolescents who are struggling with mental health issues are experiencing a lack of awareness and support. They may not have a safe space to discuss their mental health issues inside their homes. Schools can provide a space where students not only learn about mental health but also get to talk about it openly and receive the help they need.
Mental health does not discriminate, but BIPOC communities always experience discrimination and racism. According to Mental Health America, 6.8 million African Americans, 8.9 million Latinx/Hispanic Americans, 2.2 million Asian Americans, and 830,000 Indigenous people have mental health conditions.
Unfortunately, minority groups in the U.S. still experience systemic racism, discrimination, income inequality, limited access to mental health treatment, poverty, cultural stigma, violence, homelessness, and lack of affordable health resources at disproportionately higher rates (in comparison to their Caucasian fellow citizens).
Recognizing mental health during May is an essential step towards progress, and building a world where mental health conversations are normalized. For many, experiencing mental health conditions is a lifelong journey, so we cannot only discuss it during May.