National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is health.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for racial and ethnic minority groups to get access to mental health and substance-use treatment services.

Check out the OMH Knowledge Center resources that highlight the importance of spreading awareness on how to avoid and help dissipate mental health stigma in minority communities.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

COVID-19 Articles

Your friend or relative is home sick with covid. Here’s how to help.

"What I thought was a dry throat caused by staying in my grandparents’ 85-degree home over the holidays was covid-19. I tested positive in late December, after I got home, as the number of covid cases was rising toward record levels. My mother, teen sisters and grandparents tested positive around the same time, although all of us were vaccinated.  What I needed most while I was ill was emotional support, but every person who has the coronavirus is different. And it’s likely you know such a person, because the omicron variant continues to rage: Between Dec. 29. and Jan. 10, approximately 8.8 million workers reported being unable to go to their jobs because they either had covid or were taking care of someone who did. If you’re wondering what you can do to help someone who is home with covid-19, here are some suggestions, based on my experience, and interviews with experts and other people who have had the virus."  READ MORE

Rare Disease Day Resources

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Courageous Parents Network Resources

Tips for Organizing a Home ICU

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2021 | 8pm EST / 5pm PT
For many families with medically complex children, the home can begin to resemble a hospital’s critical care unit –  full of medical equipment, assistive devices, and medical supplies. The around-the-clock, at-home care parents provide is similar to care the children would receive from expert clinicians in a hospital setting.  How do you prepare for this? Who will help you? LEARN MORE

Option B Resources

Grief During the Holidays

Article #1:  "A few years ago, my dad was hit and killed by an oncoming SUV as he was walking home. The accident happened less than a year after he moved to California to be closer to my brother and me. He suffered from bipolar disorder for my entire life, and was in good shape for the first time in a long time—we were just getting to know each other when I was forced to suddenly say goodbye...The holidays were really special to my dad. He saw them as reminders of his childhood—a happier time before the height of his disorder."  READ MORE

Article #2:  "I always looked forward to Thanksgiving. It was never just my immediate family—my parents invited extended family, family of the extended family, and whomever else was left in the neighborhood. All stragglers were welcome. My mom—who often joked that her food looked better than it tasted—made the quintessential Americana Thanksgiving meal: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry out of the can, yams with marshmallows, and sweet potato pie. Her prized side was a rutabaga dish that I only remember my dad eating, and not always willingly!...Myelodysplastic Syndrome took away my health and had deflated my holiday spirit—I was fighting for my life."  READ MORE

Article #3:  "Ugh, you're alone on the holidays.  Every single cliché about solitude in winter pounces on you. You’re jumped. You’re pummeled into a gang of one that nobody else wants to join. The sun takes its sweet time heaving itself into the sky every morning, and then scuttles away too quickly right after 5 pm. Trees are bare and skeletal against a doomy, concrete sky. Life and motion and love all seem zombified.  You see happy families scurrying through the snow, clutching presents, laughing. Places to go. People to be with.  You’ve got no one."  READ MORE

Article #4:  "The worst Thanksgiving of my life was the Thanksgiving of 1997. My husband Jay had been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer eight months earlier—on April 3rd, to be precise. That was the day that would forever divide our lives into two distinct periods: BC and AC. Before Cancer. After Cancer. We had steeled ourselves for the fight. “We will figure this out!” became my daily mantra. By Thanksgiving, it had become increasingly clear that, despite my best intentions, saying it would not make it so."  READ MORE

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