A Minority Mental Health Awareness Rally was held at Huston-Tillotson University on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Mental health impact one out of five adults. The focus of this rally is to inform the community about mental health issues so they can get help to the people that are suffering. The theme for the event was “Time To Rise.”
Studies show that Black people are as likely to experience mental health challenges as other people, but we tend not to take advantage of the support and treatment. One of the reasons for this trend is because minorities typically don’t have access to mental health services. To change mental health challenges, we need to discuss it like we would any other health challenge.
There was an official public announcement by City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
Mayor Adler in part stated, “We are never actually going to be able to do what we need to do until we get to a place where we can talk about it the way we talk about any other challenge people have.”
Mental Health issues take on many forms, such as bipolar, emotional, psychological, depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues.
This rally was presented by the D. Wood Foundation to inform the public about mental health awareness and suicide prevention. If you know anyone that needs help, they can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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