July is BIPOC Mental Health Monthposted by Amber Brady on July 13, 2022
For the month of July, Optum is recognizing BIPOC Mental Health Month.
Racism in all of its overt and subtle forms continues to threaten the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous People and People of Color (BIPOC).
The chronic stress associated with being a target or potential target of discrimination can lead to situational and chronic mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression, as well as substance use. If fact, depression is the most commonly reported condition across BIPOC. It’s a lot to take in and difficult for anyone to cope with, much less overcome, without help.
Help is available
Support is available 24/7 through the Optum Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Reach out to your EAP anytime to connect with someone who can listen and provide culturally competent resources and tools. If needed, they can connect you with a therapist.