StrengthInCommunities: BIPOC Mental Health

null July Is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month also known as BIPOC Mental Health Month.

It was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that marginalized groups face in regard to mental illness in the US. Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate who worked tirelessly to shed light on the mental health needs of the Black community and other marginalized communities. Visit Mental Health America (MHA) to learn more

This year’s theme is StrengthInCommunities which focuses on three types of care: 

Community care refers to ways in which communities of color have provided support to each other. This can include things such as mutual aid, peer support, and healing circles.

Self-directed care is an innovative practice that emphasizes that people with mental health and substance use conditions, or their representatives if applicable, have decision-making authority over services they receive.

Cultural care refers to practices that are embedded in cultures that are passed down through generations that naturally provide resiliency and healing.

Members of our Orchard Place Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee have identified resources doing work in these areas including: 

The Supply Hive


Al Exito

Genesis Youth Foundation

Oakridge Community

Des Moines Mutual Aid:

Good Vibes Movement:

Corinthian Baptist Church:

Des Moines Black Lives Matter Movement:

Back 2 School Iowa:

Know of more community resources doing work to StrenghInCommunities? Email us at