To commemorate National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July 2022, Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS), Office of Community Affairs Minorith Health Initiatives/Programs (MHIP) collaborated and launched the Minority Voices 2022: Our Mental Health Journey project to bring awareness to the unique and similar mental health struggles of their respective communities. County residents who identify as Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, or Hispanic/ Latino were encouraged to share and submit stories in the language they were most comfortable in through an online submission form. Submission forms were made available in English, Chinese, French, Korean, Hindi, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
To address any digital barrier and access issues, community navigators and health promoters were coordinated to support the community members with story submissions. Personal stories were collected from the National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July 2022 to the end of National Suicide Awareness Month in September 2022.