Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Mental Health Month

July 4, 2020

“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”  James Baldwin 

July is the month Americans celebrate the birth of independenceit’s the month of the national holiday when we gather and celebrate our freedom.

But in a country where Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are less likely to have access to mental health services and more likely to have lower quality care;

In a country where Black, Indigenous, and People of Color experience discrimination and systematic alienation from Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness;

In a country where we have not all been treated equallymany do not experience the freedom that has been our country’s principle source of pride. 

Addressing racism is a mental health priorityFor far too long, we have ignored the mental health effects of violence and systemic racism on members of our society. The systemic inequities that permeate all our lives prevent any of us from achieving healthier minds—and they cannot be ignored 

Mental Health Colorado is following Bebe Moore Campbell’s* lead in honoring July as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Mental Health MonthWhen we have ensured that all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are free at last from systematic discrimination and oppression, when all receive the support and resources needed to truly thrive, then we will truly have cause to celebrate.

Until then, we can celebrate that we have set our sights on the worthiest goal and that we are determined to achieve it before the sun sets on another generation.


Vincent Atchity
President & CEO
Mental Health Colorado
P.S. Given our heartfelt understanding that Black Lives Matter, it is important to note that bills we supported this legislative session address or correct for disparities that have been disproportionately harmful to Colorado’s Black communities and other communities of color throughout the state’s history. 

*Bebe Moore Campbell was a mental health advocate, journalist, best-selling author, and teacher. Read more about her here