July is Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month, formally recognized by the US Congress in 2008 as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate who worked tirelessly to shed light on the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States.
In recognition of BIPOC Mental Health Month, the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has provided tips on prioritizing mental health and inspirational stories that highlight the importance of sharing our experiences as a way to reduce mental health stigma and offer hope to those affected by mental illness. In addition, the EAP has compiled a resource guide featuring organizations that promote access to culturally competent mental health care, along with resources to support personal growth, professional development, education, and healing.
Remember that the EAP is always available for mental health support. The program offers in-the-moment support and referrals to professional counseling for any issue. You can reach the EAP confidentially 24/7 at 800-833-8707 or www.myccaonline.com (company code: stjohns).