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Mental Health and Minority Populations | Statistics | Take Action | Tools | Reports

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month


Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care. Furthermore, mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Did you know? Adults living below the poverty level were three times more likely to have serious psychological distress as compared to adults over twice the poverty level (Source: CDC, 2010)

Mental Health and Minority Populations

· Non-Hispanic Whites are more than twice as likely to receive antidepressant prescription treatments as are Non-Hispanic Blacks.

· In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.

· Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States.

· Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.


Statistics on African Americans and Mental Health

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National Minority Mental Health Month – July

In May 2008, the United States House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, providing agencies with the opportunity to raise awareness about severe mental illness in diverse communities, while highlighting avenues for wellness and recovery. Learn more about National Minority Mental Health Month .

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Report: Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities through Integrated Health Care [PDF | 96KB] Exit Disclaimer , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health & Office of Minority Health (January 2013)

Report: Eliminating Disparities through the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services for Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations, Including Individuals with Limited English Proficiency [PDF | 361KB] Exit Disclaimer , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and HHS (September 2012)

Report: Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach [PDF | 318KB] Exit Disclaimer , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and HHS Office of Minority Health (June 2012)

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