Did you know that 1 in 5 people experience a mental health condition of some kind during their lives? Unfortunately, nearly 60% of adults with diagnosed mental illnesses do not receive treatment for a variety of reasons ranging from lack of access to mental health care, to lack of insurance, to the stigma that prevents people from seeking treatment, and beyond.
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness month. According to the Surgeon General, minority populations are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for mental illness, and are generally underrepresented in mental health research.
The goal of the month is to improve access to mental health treatment and services for minorities through increased public awareness. Through the end of the month and beyond, the National Alliance on Mental Health is encouraging all of us to share minority mental health awareness information, images and graphics with #StigmaFree and #MinorityMentalHealth. You can also take the stigma free pledge to learn more about mental illness, see a person for who they are and not their illness, and take action around mental health issues.
This month, we encourage you, our community, to take time to educate yourselves around minority mental health issues and find out how you can provide support to, and advocate for, those who are struggling with mental health.
We would also love for you to share information about Kula’s program focused on mental health with anyone who might benefit from it. When used as a complementary therapy, patients who practice yoga have seen improvements to their overall mental health and quality of life. Additionally, research indicates that patients who practice meditation are more likely to have lower anxiety. Kula for Karma partners with treatment centers and facilities to provide modified yoga to their patients – learn more here, and help us spread the word!