During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, HDB is talking about health disparities and how those impact the mental health and wellness of us all. Consider these facts:
- Rates of mental illness in the African American population are similar to the general population, but they receive lower quality of care and lack access to culturally competent care.
- Racial/ethnic minority youth with behavioral health issues are more readily referred to the juvenile justice system than to specialty primary care, compared with white youth.
- 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.
What is HDB doing to move the conversation forward? Keep reading to see more...