By Julia Canfield
Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) is back and kicking into full gear for March 2015! The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) is proud to launch the second year of this social media campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the bisexual community’s physical and mental health disparities. Because bisexual individuals report consistently higher levels of depression, suicidality, anxiety and other mood disorders compared to our heterosexual and homosexual counterparts, this year’s theme for BHAM is Mental Health.
BHAM will engage the community at large and form local and national partnerships throughout the month of March to raise awareness about the various mental health disparities experienced by the bisexual community. Follow the BRC on Facebook (Bisexual Resource Center), Twitter (@BRC_Central), and Tumblr (biresourcecenter) all month long for the following focus weeks:
March 2-6: (Statistics) A focus on current statistics and research data concerning mental health disparities in the bisexual community.
March 9-13: (Intersectionality) An emphasis on how race, ethnicity, class, age, ability, etc., can further impact mental health disparities in the bisexual community, particularly in regards to experiences of oppression and discrimination.
March 16-20: (Resources) A spotlight on and creation of current or new resources that can address mental health disparities in the bisexual community.
March 23-27: (Action) The promotion and development of interventions, policies and other activities that work to prevent or decrease mental health disparities in the bisexual community.
Our goal is not only to educate others about our community’s most pressing mental health disparities, but also to support bisexual individuals in need and to advocate for lasting change. If you have any questions about Bisexual Health Awareness Month, or want to get involved, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julia Canfield, MPH, CHES, is the Board President of the Bisexual Resource Center, the oldest national bisexual organization in the United States that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout LGBT and straight communities.