Maybe. One in four of us are, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Okay, maybe they don't use the term "nuts" to describe mental illness. That's just my little quirk.
July, if you didn't realize it, is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which indicates, to me anyway, that we've run out of things to have months about. Others disagree:
Almost two-thirds of those adults with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic minorities are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, is offering a free poster download to promote awareness and help dispel stigma associated with mental illness.
According to NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center, in many racially and ethnically diverse communities, there is a stigma surrounding mental illness, often caused by cultural differences and lack of information. This not only can lead to the avoidance of mental health treatment, but often results in a lack of knowledge regarding financial options, such as Social Security disability benefits.
Wow. A free poster?
Look, I hate to be insensitive -- no I don't; I love it -- but is this really a big issue? Or is it a non-issue turned into a big issue for some federal dollars? Here's a clue:
Thought leaders attending the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health’s national Latino Mental Health Conference in April acknowledged the need for increased education on SSDI and other resources.
And if one in four of us are a little crazy, where's the stigma exactly?