Officials with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of El Paso announced that their 7th Annual Minority Mental Health Awareness Community Forum will be going virtual this year.
With support from the Think.Change initiative of the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation, NAMI of El Paso will be hosting the event via Zoom on July 27th, 29th, and the 30th from 9:00AM to 11:30AM.
The Community Forum will cover different topics such as racial trauma’s impact on mental health, pre- & post-partum mental health, LGBTQ+ mental health, cultural competency within mental health professionals, and more.
“As the conversation regarding racial violence continues, NAMI El Paso understands the impact racism and racial trauma has on one’s mental health,” NAMI officials shared via an emailed news release.
“Racism is a public health crisis, and we stand with all the families, friends, and communities who have lost loved ones and experienced trauma. We hope we can educate mental health providers, advocates, and the community on the importance of bringing awareness to the obstacles and challenges diverse communities may face when seeking care and how we can help them.”
NAMI El Paso hosts this annual Community Forum to commemorate Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Designated in 2008 by the U.S. House of Representatives, NAMI uses this month to enhance public awareness of mental health conditions to diverse communities.
“Our culture, beliefs, sexual identity, values, race, and language affect how we perceive and experience mental health conditions. While mental health conditions do not discriminate, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult,” NAMI officials added.
A list of topics and speakers can be found via this link. Registration is free, and 5 CEUs will be available to LPCs and LSWs.