July is Minority Mental Health Month, a nationwide effort to bring understanding of the mental health needs and experiences within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities, and others who face disproportionate inequities in care, support and mental health services. Poor mental healthcare access and quality of care contribute to poor mental health outcomes, including suicide, among racial and ethnic minority populations.
Studies have shown that when the COVID vaccine is more accessible to those who face health and social disparities, that getting vaccinated can contribute to a person’s overall sense of mental well-being. This past April during National Minority Health Month, the focus was to underscore the need for these vulnerable communities to get vaccinated. The #VaccineReady campaign needs to continue to be at the forefront, so that all vulnerable communities are not forgotten.
See the advice below from APB’s minority healthcare advocates and experts, and help us spread the word to get #VaccineReady!
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