In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Bebe Moore Campbell was an accomplished author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles, and national spokesperson. She died in November 2006.
Campbell advocated for mental health education and support for individuals and families of diverse communities. She is the author of 72-Hour Hold, a novel about a family experiencing the adult-onset mental illness of their daughter.
Click here for more information about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
To mark Minority Mental Health Awareness Month this year, NAMI Mercer and Kingdom Church co-hosted an interfaith clergy breakfast on July 21 in Ewing to discuss the specific challenges faith communities face in their efforts to help and support individuals and families affected by mental illness. There was candid conversation about the impact of stigma in our society, including within congregations, and the limitations clergy feel when trying to recommend appropriate resources. The exchange opened the door for future congregational collaboration and enhanced communication. Kingdom Church proved to be a wonderful partner!
Left to right: Pastor Jonathan Leath (Kingdom Church, Burlington); Tia Sanders (Destiny Church, Moorestown); Pastor Bob Turton (Bethany Gospel Mission Home, Hightstown); Theresa Hank (St. James Roman Catholic Church, Pennington).
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Kingdom Church volunteers Courtney Hartgrove and Mary Pizullo.