Updated: Jul 27
Throughout July, Professionals United for Parkland shines a light on Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. For many years, there has been a rising awareness that many of our friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and peers live side-by-side with us, however they are treated by society in a vastly different manner. Centuries of inter-generational trauma, racial bias and inequity have allowed minority community members to be marginalized, treated unfairly and excluded from the benefits our community offers.
Below is information from the American Counseling Association which sheds light on the mental health needs of our minority community.
Black and African American people living below poverty are twice as likely to report serious psychological distress as those living over two times the poverty level. [CDC]
Men of African descent are nine times more likely than White men to be victims of homicide.
Historical adversity translates to socioeconomic disparities experienced by Black and African American people, which is linked to mental health.
Adult Blacks and African Americans are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than adult Whites. [CDC]
Latinx parents may expedite assimilation in their children by promoting adoption of American culture, leading to internalized racism which can cause depression and low self-esteem.
Latina adolescents attempt suicide at higher rates than other gender/ethnic groups: 20% of Latina adolescents report a plan to complete suicide and 11.1% attempt suicide.