Mental health is part of overall health. Mental health conditions cause changes in thoughts, feelings and mood. Mental health conditions can affect many areas of your life including: home, work, school, relationships with others, sleep, appetite, decision making and may worsen other medical problems. Click on the multicultural mental health infographic
from NAMI to read more.
Millions of Americans live with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Although there is no racial, ethnic, or cultural association with the prevalence of these disorders, it is a fact that communities of color in the United States face significant mental health inequities and greater barriers in getting the treatment they need.
The general population faces significant barriers to getting treatment for mental health conditions. More than 50 percent of adults with mental illness did not receive care they needed, according to 2014 data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The problem of access is even more profound for communities of color than for non-Hispanic whites: African American, Asian, and Latino adults are all roughly 35 percent less likely to receive treatment for their mental illness because of accessibility issues.(Central East ATTC).
How can access be improved? Check out these links.
It would be negligent to speak of minority mental health and wellness and not address the acts of violence currently plaguing in our country. In an effort to explore further the dynamics involved in these current events and share methods to support healing, we have gathered some links that speak to race based trauma and supporting individuals in times of civil strife.
Chronic condition of stress can have negative side effects on all persons. But the unique psycho-social and contextual factors, specifically the common and pervasive exposure to racism and discrimination, creates an additional daily stressor for people of color. Research shows this to be particularly true for African-Americans (APA, 2016). Read more at the links below.