On June 2, 2008, the United States Congress recognized Bebe Moore Campbell’s dedicated work “to enhance public awareness of mental illness, especially within minority communities” in the U.S. by declaring July Minority Mental Health Month.

Ms. Campbell was an author, journalist, teacher, and she worked tirelessly as a mental health advocate to support the mental health needs of underrepresented communities. Her interest in mental health began when she could not find help for her daughter, who was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Ms. Campbell was a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill(NAMI) and a founding member of NAMI-Inglewood in California.

Ms. Campbell’s first children’s book, Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, was published in September 2003 and it won the NAMI Outstanding Literature Award for 2003. The book tells the story of how a little girl copes with being reared by her mentally ill mother. Ms. Campbell’s book 72 Hour Hold also deals with mental illness, As does her first play, Even with the Madness, debuted in New York City in June 2003. This work revisited the theme of mental illness and the family.

As a journalist, Campbell wrote articles for The New York Times MagazineThe Washington Post, the Los Angeles TimesEssenceEbonyBlack Enterprise, as well as other publications. She was a regular commentator for Morning Edition a program on National Public Radio.

She died November 2006 of brain cancer.

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