Additional barriers to accessing mental healthcare exists for Black Americans, but experts propose three ways those barriers can be broken down. Getty Images Black American adults are 10 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress than white American adults.
Barriers to mental healthcare for Black Americans exist.
Due to unmet needs and other barriers, those living with serious mental health conditions likely aren’t aware of or able to access the treatment they need.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 30 percent of Black American adults with mental health conditions receive treatment each year, compared to the U.S. average of 43 percent.
“African Americans have historically faced stigma related to mental health… Events centered around racial injustices and even the COVID-19 pandemic continue to bring conversations around mental health access for African Americans to the forefront of national dialogue. This need is further perpetuated as African Americans continue to experience racism, discrimination, and inequity — all of which can significantly affect a person’s mental health,” Julie Smithwick , director of the Center for Community Health Alignment , told Healthline.Serious mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, may also affect Black […]
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