Minorities Receive Less Mental Health Treatments

Minority Mental Health is important to discuss. As a Minority Mental Health Advocate and member of the LGBT community, there are a lot of issues that we must address.

  • In 2017, 41.5% of youth ages 12-17 received care for a major depressive episode, but only 35.1% of black youth and 32.7% of Hispanic youth received treatment for their condition.

  • Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic group.

  • In 2017, 13.3% of youth ages 12-17 had at least one depressive episode, but that number was higher among American Indian and Alaska Native youth at 16.3% and among Hispanic youth at 13.8%. 

  • In 2017, 18.9% of adults (46.6 million people) had a mental illness. That rate was higher among people of two or more races at 28.6%, non-Hispanic whites at 20.4% and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders at 19.4%.

(The above statistic provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))

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