July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. On Saturday, July 23, at 10 a.m., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), Omicron Upsilon Omega Chapter; the Southwest Connecticut affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); The Fairfield County (CT) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; and Union Baptist Church will jointly present Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health, a 1½-hour structured presentation specifically tailored for the African American audience, at Union Baptist Church, 805 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. The event is free and open to the public.
Mental illness affects one in four adults in America. Although rates of mental illness are similar in all population groups, experts including the U.S. Surgeon General have noted that African Americans and other minorities: