July is BIPOC Mental Health Month
Observed each July and originally designated as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, BIPOC Mental Health Month highlights the unique mental health challenges and needs of historically disenfranchised or oppressed racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Black and Indigenous people and other people of color (BIPOC) experience a broad spectrum of ongoing discrimination, oppression, and inequity rooted in America’s colonialist history, all of which foster both collective and individual trauma in those communities.
Counselors, therapists and other mental health professionals are essential to promoting the mental health and well-being of people in BIPOC communities and addressing the systemic discrepancies in quality of and access to care for these individuals. By providing counselors with the support, education, and professional resources needed to serve BIPOC clients, we can work together to create deep multicultural competence and provide effective care for the mental health of every individual.