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TN Voices observes national minority mental health awareness month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - TN Voices, a leading statewide mental health advocacy organization, is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health in raising awareness of minority mental health during the month of July.

Organizations across the country are shining a light on mental illness and its effects on racial and ethnic minority populations. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care.

Poor mental health care access and quality contribute to poor mental health outcomes, including suicide, among racial and ethnic minority populations, including the Black, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, and Pacific Islander communities.

During the month of July, TN Voices is working to educate Tennesseans about the importance of improving access to mental health care and treatment, and to help break down other barriers such as negative perceptions about mental illness.

If you are a Tennessee resident who is unemployed or without insurance and you are in need of mental health services, you can call the TN Voices Hope Fund hotline at 615.269.7751 or visit

If you or someone you love needs help maintaining your mental health, TN Voices staff are available to serve you at 1.800.670.9882. To donate to help fund mental health services for Tennesseans in need, log onto

For a list of mental health resources on PTSD, log onto

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