Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month—also known as BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month (the acronym standing for Black, Indigenous, and people of color)—was formally recognized by Congress in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the U.S.
Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate who worked tirelessly to shed light on the mental health needs of the Black community and other underrepresented groups. To continue Campbell's visionary work, each July Mental Health America develops a public education campaign dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of people from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.
MHA has designated the 2022 BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month theme as Beyond the Numbers to explore the nuances and uniqueness in BIPOC communities, which are significantly more likely to develop mental health conditions. You can learn more about the campaign here.
Johns Hopkins resources
The Office of Benefits & Worklife reminds the JHU community that confidential access to emotional support, referrals, and resources is available to employees and their household family members 24/7 through the university's employee assistance program. To speak directly to a clinician or to make an appointment by phone, call 888-978-1262; you also can schedule an appointment online.
In addition, the following resources are available to faculty and staff:
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
- Black Faculty and Staff Association
- JHM Employee Resource Groups
- Office of Institutional Equity
- Religious and Spiritual Life
- Mental Health Awareness and Ethnic Minority Clients presentation given during 2021 Mental Health Awareness Month by the School of Education's Norma Day-Vines, who examines mental health needs, concerns, rights, and responsibilities of ethnic minorities (access passcode is %C@rkxS1). Her PowerPoint slides are available here.