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Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (MFPCC)
The purpose of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Coordinating Center is to support the MFP program, enhance the careers of the MFP Fellows, and document MFP program impacts. For additional information about the MFP, click here.

Sandra Lorden

Sandra Lorden is an addictions counseling master’s fellow in the 2022-2023 class of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She became a licensed chemical dependency counselor (L.C.D.C.) in 2018, and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2020 from Tarleton State University. ...Read more


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Minority Fellowship Program: Mental Health in Older Adults Webinar
The presentation, including slides, transcript, and sound recording for the MFPCC Webinar, "Minority Fellowship Program: Mental Health in Older Adults Webinar Webinar," which occurred February 22, 2023, are now available for download......Read more
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Learn about statistics, trends, and other relevant insights for behavioral health practitioners working to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes for people in underserved communities.

Serious Mental Illness
Serious Mental Illness (SMI) is prevalent among the lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) population. In 2020, 41.6% (3.5 million) LGB individuals were diagnosed with an SMI (e.g., bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, or schizophrenia).1 In 2020, LGB individuals between 18-25 years had the highest rates of SMI (29.7%) as compared to those between 26-49 years (19.7%), and over 50 years (8.3%). The prevalence of SMI has continued to rise among LGB individuals 18-49 years, with the rates increasing between 2015 and 2020 for all age groups.1 Despite more individuals experiencing an SMI, there is a disparate number of individuals that are not receiving treatment for their SMI. In 2020, of the 1.1 million LGB individuals 18-25 with an SMI, 32.8% received no treatment, and of the 1 million LGB individuals 26-49 years with an SMI, 34.6% received no treatment.1 Barriers that may lead to reluctance in seeking treatment could include discrimination in health care, stigma, personal experience with bias and lack of provider knowledge and sensitivity.2

Serious Mental Illness in Past Year among LGB Adults Aged 18+

May is mental health awareness month

In 1949, the Mental Health America organization began recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, SAMHSA has created a Mental Health Awareness Month Toolkit, which provides 1) social media content to help spread awareness about the vital role mental health plays in our well-being, promote acceptance, and support of anyone living with a mental illness, and share key resources; 2) best practices for engaging in healthy discussions about mental health; and 3) promotional materials for mental health awareness in May and beyond.3 Learn more about SAMHSA's recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.External Web Site Policy