July is Minority Mental Health Month!
Minority Mental Health Month is dedicated to creating awareness and discussion about mental health in minority communities in order to increase their access to mental health care and treatment. We know mental illness affects everyone despite their differences, so we want everyone to work towards equality among mental health care.
Here are 10 facts about Minority Mental Health to get you thinking:
Teenage Latinas are more likely to die by suicide than African American and white, non-Hispanic female students.
Less than 1 in 11 Latinos with mental disorders contact mental health care specialists.
In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.
LGB youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide compared to their straight peers.
Native American males ages 15-24 account for 64 percent of all suicides among Native Americans.
Among women aged 15-24, Asian American females have the highest suicide rates across all racial/ethnic groups.
In a 2006 study, suicide was cited as the third leading cause of death for African Americans ages 15-19.
Only 1 out of 3 African Americans who need mental health care receive it.
In 2012, 14 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives age 18-plus had co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.
Treating people affected would greatly reduce these numbers, and create happier, healthier communities.
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