July is Minority Mental Health Month
#DidYouKnow Racial and ethnic identities have a large impact in how people are affected by their mental health issues, whether or not they receive treatment, what kind of treatment they receive and how effective that treatment is.
According to a 2017 report by American Psychiatry Association, “People from racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive mental health care. For example, in 2015, among adults with any mental illness, 48% of whites received mental health services, compared with 31% of blacks and Hispanics, and 22% of Asians.”
This is especially troubling because according to the same report, “Ethnic and racial minorities often bear a disproportionately high burden of disability resulting from mental disorders.”
By understanding how our identities impact our experiences and the experiences of others, we can better serve the unique needs of our residents.