Toni Thompson, Jessie Trice Community Health System
Luisa Martinez, Sonshine Communications
(Black PR Wire) July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (NMMHM). Jessie Trice Community Health System is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) to shed light on the unique struggles that minorities face regarding mental illnesses in the United States.
Racial and ethnic minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors, including inaccessibility to high-quality mental health care services, the cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health.
“There is a negative perception and stigma surrounding mental health which prevents those affected from seeking the psychological help they need,” said Annie Neasman, President and CEO of JTCHS. “Symptoms of emotional distress are not a sign of weakness. Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. Everyone feeling challenges with their mental health should understand the importance of receiving care from a culturally competent professional.”
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), only one in three Black adults who need mental health care receive it.
If you or your loved ones need Behavioral Services, book an appointment with a specialist.
The Jessie Trice Community Health System, Inc. is one of Miami-Dade County’s preeminent federally qualified community health care centers, governed by a remarkably dedicated Board of Directors (51% of which are users of the medical and dental services) and a diverse, incredibly talented, committed family of providers and staff. The 1st Federally Qualified Health Center in the state and 5th in the nation, Jessie Trice Community Health System, Inc., is a Florida 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organization that has been serving Miami-Dade County since 1967. JTCHS served its first patients from a trailer. Now, more than fifty (50) years after its founding, JTCHS owns and operates eleven (11) Comprehensive Primary Care centers, a 40 bed Women’s Residential Center for substance use, and are located in two (2) universities and forty (40) school-based health suites.
JTCHS knows and specializes in comprehensive health, offering a myriad of services to improve the health of the community. This includes: dentistry, family medicine, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, behavioral health, transportation, healthy start, obstetric & gynecological care, school-based health, community health promotions, health & wellness center, pediatrics, and ancillary services. For more information on the Jessie Trice Community Health System, call 305-637-6400 or visit jtchs.org.
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