Mental illness affects people of all backgrounds yet many people of color go untreated. According to the Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Non-Hispanic Whites. High school aged Hispanic girls are 70% more likely to attempt suicide than White girls of the same age.
The Color of Hope: People of Color Mental Health Narratives is a literary project that sheds light on mental health in communities of color by sharing stories from those affected by mental illness. On October 1, 2015, we published 20+ stories, narratives, and poems from people of African, Latino, and Asian descent. A portion of the proceeds from will go toward various projects and organizations that serve the mental health community and will change on a rotating basis.