#BeTheDifference During National Minority Health Month Apr13

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#BeTheDifference During National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, and we know that health includes mental health too. That’s why our #BeTheDifference topic of focus this month is cultural diversity and mental health.

Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference in April:

  • Join the conversation. On Thursday, April 19, we’re hosting a #BeTheDifference Twitter chat on cultural diversity and mental health. Join us on Twitter from 2-3 p.m. ET to talk about the challenges diverse communities face when it comes to mental health and strategies for overcoming them.
  • Read up. All month long, we’re writing about mental health and diverse communities on the #BeTheDifference blog. Like this one on Puerto Rico’s rising suicide rate in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Check back frequently and share with your networks.
  • Share information. We’ll be releasing a new infographic on mental health and addiction issues facing diverse communities each week, like this one on mental health in Spanish-speaking communities (in English and Spanish!). These are great for sharing on social media.
  • Become an Instructor. If you aren’t already a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, consider becoming one! Instructors – especially those in diverse communities – help address mental health disparities by teaching people how to notice and support someone who may be facing a mental illness or addiction, and what resources are available in the community to help.
  • Share your story. Have an inspiring Mental Health First Aid story to share? Email Erica Hoffman at EricaH@TheNationalCouncil.org for a chance to be featured on the blog!

As always, thank you for making a difference in your community with Mental Health First Aid.