This blog post was written by EVPL McCollough VolunTeen Melissa M.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “people from racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive mental health care.” 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. The month of July celebrates Minority Health Awareness Month and brings awareness to the struggles that many minorities face in the United States. Minority Health Awareness Month was created by Bebe Moore Campbell, to promote the mental health needs of minorities.
Bebe Moore Campbell established National Minority Mental Health in 2008 to change the cultural stigma around mental health in communities that include minorities, which is one of the reasons why minorities tend to open up a lot less. This month shows us that mental health doesn’t distinguish between race, identity, or background. While recognizing Minority Mental Health, we can also try to look along for the barriers that come with it. These barriers can include language barriers, lack of insurance, and lack of diversity in mental health providers in BIPOC communities which make minorities feel discouraged from getting help. Some of the problems that minorities face may also be connected to trauma that they are afraid to talk about. They fear how they’ll be seen and feel like their needs won’t be met.
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