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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 24, 2020 04:02 PM
From: Representative Donna Bullock and Rep. Morgan Cephas
To: All House members
Subject: Mental Health Awareness in the Black Community Month
Mental health is a crucial aspect of an individual’s wellbeing, but unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental health issues can prevent open discussions and policy reforms that could improve or even save lives. Furthermore, due to continuing racial inequality in the United States, African Americans are disproportionately affected by serious mental health issues, and only one out of every three African Americans who need mental health care receives it.

For this reason, we will introduce a resolution designating May 2020 as “Mental Health Awareness in the Black Community Month” in Pennsylvania to draw awareness to the need to eliminate mental health disparities based on race, ethnicity, education, income, and geography. Pennsylvania as a whole will benefit alongside the black community as access to mental health care is expanded and improved.

The well-being of the black community deserves our attention and advocacy. Please join us in dedicating May 2020 to this important cause.

Introduced as HR779