As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, we can expect to see many changes in our society. However, some things remain constant among all groups, including the need for mental health services. Learning more about other ethnic and racial groups can help you better understand the challenges faced by others in your community.
Mental Illness: A Growing Problem
Studies have consistently shown that mental illness is on the rise in the United States. As many as 10 percent of children and 20 percent of adult’s struggle with an ongoing mental illness. All types of mental illness can have a direct impact on an individual’s day to day life, impairing education and work opportunities, as well as social and family life. These challenges can be further complicated by underlying issues such as domestic violence or substance abuse.
A Disease That Doesn’t Discriminate
Though mental illness affects all racial and ethnic groups, minorities in the United States are less likely to get the help they need to address these issues. Not only are minorities less likely to seek out mental health services, but they often don’t have access to treatment in the first place and typically receive lower-quality care. Cultural expectations, socioeconomic disparity, and other issues keep many from getting the care they need. However, high-quality care is essential for restoring balance to one’s life, making advocacy efforts like Minority Mental Health Awareness Month absolutely essential.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health challenges, don’t hesitate to reach out to our caring team at OneEighty. We seek to create an inclusive environment that helps people of all backgrounds receive the personalized counseling and mental health services they need.