The Challenge: Even in this diverse state, cultural competence and representation in mental health fall short for people of color and those in the LGBTQ+ community. Stigma is pervasive within many of our families and communities. Cultural groups are more prone to be misdiagnosed, likely due to differing cultural or religious beliefs or language barriers.
It takes courage, but we hope that peers and family members like you will step forward and show others they are not alone and that recovery is possible.
The Campaign: NAMI California’s Represent Recovery initiative is a campaign and initiative calling for a paradigm shift in the way we view mental health in diverse cultural communities. It aims to serve members of underrepresented communities while centering their voices in the overall mental health movement.
Call for Contributors: We are looking for mental health-themed content from, for, and about members of diverse ethnic, LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities: raw personal stories, art and opinion pieces or event announcements, helpful articles and community resources. Please submit content and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org (and check our Community Voices page for more ways to share your insights and stories).
Community Spotlight: Videos and More
Check out our Represent Recovery video interviews on our YouTube channel.
Resources for Diverse Communities
Mental Illness Facts – Important facts about mental illness and recovery.
Mental Health 101 – NAMI California’s signature program designed to create a multi-generation of culturally diverse individuals that can help address the stigma associated with mental illness through education, support and advocacy.
Each Mind Matters – Our partner’s diverse communities page with a multitude of resources divided by community.
Multicultural Symposium – NAMI California’s annual statewide effort to convene leaders for an open discussion on the successes and challenges that diverse and un/under-served communities face, and how we can better serve all individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges.
The Icarus Project – Social justice and education for mental health healing in the wake of racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and other forms of oppression.
National Institute of Mental Health – The NIMH Minority Health and Mental Health Disparities Program designates mental health disparities as a cross-cutting research theme.