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  • Writer's pictureFaith Boone

Prioritizing Minority Mental Health

Updated: May 7

Mental health is an essential aspect of overall health and well-being. What hurts most are the mental health disparities that continue to exist among the BIPOC community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), minority groups in the United States face a higher risk of experiencing mental health issues than White people.

Why Minority Mental Health Disparities are Prevalent

Systemic disparities are consistent among minority groups, even though the reasons for the disparities are complex and may vary. Minority groups may experience discrimination, which can lead to chronic stress and trauma, and also face barriers to accessing mental health care. These barriers include:

  • Lack of insurance coverage

  • Language barriers

  • Cultural stigmas surrounding mental health issues

Highlighting the Need for Prioritization

It is crucial to prioritize minority mental health to address these disparities and improve health outcomes for all. To do so, we need to:

>> Acknowledge and address the systemic and societal factors that contribute to mental health disparities.

>> Increase awareness and education about mental health issues.

>> Reduce the stigma surrounding seeking help.

Additionally, providing access to culturally competent mental health care is essential. This means ensuring that mental health providers are trained to understand and address the unique needs and experiences of minority groups. It also means providing language services and reducing financial barriers to mental health care.

Is your organization working to fix the systemic and societal factors that contribute to these disparities? Do you provide access to culturally competent mental health care? We want to hear from you and share your resources with the OHC community. Reach out to us by commenting on this post.


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