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Mental illness affects one in five adults and one in 10 children in America, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, identity or even social status. In fact, each day many are faced with the hard reality of living with a mental health disorder. That is why Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is so important. Throughout July, organizations and communities are playing their part in breaking down the stigma surrounding the illness that has claimed countless lives. They are doing this through education, events, and so much more. For five celebrities who’ve bravely spoken about their battle with mental health issues, proving to sufferers that they are not alone, hit the flip.

R. Hawkins

Humble with a hint of Muhammad Ali...