July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

The Office of Faculty Wellness, in partnership with the Employee Assistance Program, invites you to increase your awareness of the unique mental health struggles that racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ minority communities face in the United States. Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage, and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. Check out the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month schedule of events and new faculty resources listed below.

Panelist event
Friday, July 22, at noon

Register to attend the virtual panel event, which will discuss mental health within populations of color. This panel discussion will offer a host of perspectives from licensed counselors, physicians, Ph.D.s, social workers, and community members from a variety of cultural backgrounds who can speak to strategies, research, stigmas, and more, given their experiences working with populations of color.

Keynote event
Tuesday, July 26, at noon

Register to attend the keynote event “It’s OK Not to be OK: Strength Over Silence” featuring guest speaker Joe Powell, LCDC, CAS, President and CEO of the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction. He will share his personal experience with mental health obstacles and how he overcame adversity.

Surviving to Thriving: URM Faculty Group Wellness Coaching

Experiencing an academic career as an underrepresented minority (URM) faculty member in medicine brings unique challenges to personal well-being and overall wellness. Join a small group of like-minded colleagues drawn from across departments for discussions focused on showing up as ourselves, stepping out of our comfort zones, engaging with each other, and developing community.

The first of six group-coaching sessions will begin Thursday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. Members will meet biweekly through Microsoft Teams. Space is limited to the first 10 faculty to register. Once the group is full, a waitlist will be created for future groups.

Additional program information: 

  • The focus of the sessions is showing up without barriers and entering the world naturally creative, resourceful, and whole.   
  • In a group coaching format, the group sets the agenda and chooses topics while the coach maintains the focus, facilitates the dialogue, and creates accountability for the group. This is not a training program, but rather an opportunity to learn and grow with a small group of peers.

For questions, contact the Office of Faculty Wellness.