As many of you readers know, I run Lagniappe Cinemas. Every now and then, business owners get inspired to promote a cause dear to their hearts. I knew three people who took their own lives last year, including actor and fellow classmate Lee Thompson Young. Mental illness, especially among people of color, is a taboo subject. Lee's family recently revealed that he suffered from schizophrenia.
Even if they do not take their own lives, people of color face discrimination in care. They also are often ostracized by their communities and possibly pushed into drug abuse, homelessness, and crime. In honor of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Lagniappe will produce two videos highlighting mental illness and its complications for free. Every July. Forever.
Please email us for details. Also please visit NAMI at NAMI.org.