Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (also recognized as BIPOC Mental Health Month): Tolls are high on this highway to freedom


Mon, 07/25/2022 – 23:18

Bebe Moore Campbell in Oak Bluffs, The Boston Globe via Getty Images
by Future Cain

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On June 2, 2008, July was formally recognized as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by Congress. In 2005 Bebe said, “Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans…It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible.”

This well-known advocate’s voice opened up conversations for many regarding mental wellness. Bebe is the author of three New York Times bestsellers and she believed loving on oneself is when Black people will prosper. She said, “part of my emotional survival plan must be to actively seek inspiration instead of passively waiting for it to find me.” Our healing is possible but first, we must sit in our own awareness and acknowledge where we are currently with our own and collective wellness. Bebe was a co-founder of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Urban Los Angeles, a national spokesperson, and journalist who chose to blaze trails for our collective healing.

Pioneers like Bebe were well aware of the inequities in mental health and our current statistics continue to show that there are significant health injustices in the United States. The impact on the Black community is seen in physical, psychological, and spiritual depletion. These inequities also show up in the disparities of quality of life, severity of illness, access to treatment, and life expectancy for Blacks. Health equity will not occur until all humans, including Black people, are provided the opportunity to attain their full health potential and are allowed to live a healthy life.

While many people from the Global Majority, the most updated iteration of “BIPOC” or “minority” (Campbell-Stephens, 2020), have spoken up about their mental health or lack thereof, many more continue to suffer in silence for fear of not being perceived as strong and resilient. “Persistent systemic social inequities and discrimination” worsen stress and associated mental health concerns for POC according to a 2021 report by HHS. The mental health disparity has worsened in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued racial unrest.

Black American adults are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems, such as major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. While treatment and preventative care are essential for healing, when those providing the care are not culturally sensitive and lack understanding of one’s lived experiences, the hurdles to jump over to receive the care are often stacked against the Black community. Black people are more than their difficulties of the past as we are psychologically fit for freedom. It is vital we have self-awareness and advocate for ourselves. Black wellness will continue to be impeded if we choose to not hold the system accountable for mental health protective factors and community supports. We can no longer afford these expensive tolls on the highway of freedom.

Future Cain is the Founder and CEO of Future of SEL and and recently served as the Statewide Project Coordinator for Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health.  As an equitable social and emotional leader expert, she works with organizations, institutions, and individuals to enhance the culture, health, and well-being of others. This ambassador for humanity helps individuals see how they can positively impact the world by starting with their own self-awareness. 

With over two decades of experience in education and leadership, her career expands across several industries including the private behavioral sector, early childhood through higher education, and small businesses and large corporations. She sits on the executive board for Rotary’s World Seminar for high school students, is a mom to two who reside in Wisconsin, and is a certified yoga instructor who is passionate about the mental health and well-being of all adults and children. 

Future’s been featured in the New York Times and Forbes for her equity work and has published pieces on  K-12 Talk and Kinly. She has been honored as Rotarian of the Year and is an international speaker.


The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center will house a “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center, that will provide case management, mental health community advocacy, and oversight from the M.I. Mother’s Keeper mental health advocates. 
The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center will offer patrons access to immediate coverage by general surgeons as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.
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Mental Health

At Capital City Emergency Trauma & Wellness Center patrons with mental health emergencies that include life threatening situations in which an individual is imminently threatening harm to self or others, severely disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a severe inability to function or is otherwise distraught and out of control, will have access to quality and psychiatric emergency services and referrals.

Physical Health

Whether your life threatening medical emergency involves excessive or uncontrollable bleeding, head injury. difficulty with breathing, severe pain, heart attack, vision impairments, stroke, physically collapsing, or seizure related, rest assured that our professionals will properly assess and evaluate the level of response that will be most needed to help provide stabilized care solutions and minimize complications as well as reduce early mortality.

Holistic Healthcare

We offer healthcare solutions that will support the whole person which includes their physical, psychological, emotional, social, & spiritual wellbeing. Research supports that because your mental state can affect your overall health we support and offer the inclusion of complimentary and alternative medicine(CAM) practitioners and naturopathic doctor recommendations and referrals as a part of our Outreach Community Resource Center’s care regimen and support.


Emergency care can typically result in traumatic injuries for which rehabilitation becomes an essential component of care in trying to achieve the best long-term outcomes for the patient. In addition to speeding up recovery times and helping to prevent further complications, rehabilitative care also helps to support a patient’s self-managed recovery once discharged from our facility. Our Outreach Community Resource Center works closely with our trauma center’s discharge department to assure that patrons requiring these services are linked with qualified professionals who will be accountable to the standard of care required to help the patron be successful in their recovery.

Social Services

Our “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center intends to promote “expansive” beneficial community enriching services, programs, case management, & linkage to “approved” partner resources and supports in all of the following intended areas and more:

Social Services

  • Clothing
  • Food Pantry
  • Housing/Shelter
  • I.D. Credentials
  • Senior Wellness Check
  • Toiletries
  • Transportation
  • Etc.

Extended Family Services

  • Child Care
  • Credit Counseling
  • Family Court Services
  • Legal Aide

Career Training

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Computer/Graphics Training
  • Culinary Program  
  • GED Courses
  • Hospitality Training
  • Job Etiquette & Grooming
  • Resume’ Prep
  • Sales Training
  • Software/Technology workshops
  • Small Business Training

Return Citizen
Program Partner
(Bridging the Gap)

  • Case Management
  • Temporary Boarding/Housing
  • Transitional Program Registration

Prevention/Intervention Outreach,
Workshops, & Programs

  • After-school Behavioral Health Program
  • Civic Engagement / Volunteer Sign-up
  • Fatherhood Rites of Passage
  • Gun Violence Town Hall Forum
  • Life Coaching & Coping Strategies
  • Marriage Counseling Workshops
  • Medicare Informational Workshops
  • Mentorship Training
  • Parental Classes
  • Support Groups
  • Town Hall Discussions
  • Violence De-Escalation Training
  • Voter Registration

Nutritional Outreach

  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Dietary Programs
  • Exercise Classes
  • Recipe Sharing Workshops
  • Meal Prep

Community Outreach

The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition is partnering with the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health advocacy organization to provide outreach services on the community level as an aid in reducing the existent health inequities that many District citizens are facing as a direct result of the presence of debilitating social determinants and the lack of culturally appropriate care choices and realities for community members residing in marginalized and lower-income communities.

It is the vision and intentions of the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health Advocates organization to help improve the quality of living for citizens living in our Nation’s Capital and beyond by overseeing the delicate linkage to services and by maintaining higher standards of care accountability for deserving citizens of the Nation’s Capital.

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