To raise public awareness, Congress in 2008 proclaimed July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal is intended to make people aware how much mental illness among minorities causes harm to individuals and the community. The ClinicTracker team is certainly proud to bring awareness to National Minority Health Awareness Month. For more information about this awareness month, visit:
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
"Those most in need are often least likely to be served." Sadly, that's the catchphrase for how mental health services have long been provided in the U.S. Study after study describe a system more oriented toward the worried well than the seriously impaired. The same holds for access to services for minorities. They are far less likely to enjoy quality services, even though the rates of mental disorders for minority communities are at least as high, if not higher, than the rest of the population.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): "Communities of color tend to experience greater burden of mental and substance use disorders, often due to poorer access to care; inappropriate care; and higher social, environmental, and economic risk factors."