10 Things You Should Know About Minority Mental Health


July is Minority Mental Health Month! It 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 that 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. Read and then join the discussion on social media using #MMHM.

1. Teenage Latinas are more likely to commit suicide than female teens from any other racial group. (2012 CDC Report)
Learn more/get involved: National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health

2. Less than 1 in 11 Latinos with mental disorders contact mental health  care specialists. (2001 Surgeon General Report)
MMHM-02 Learn more/get involved: The National Latino Behavioral Health Association 

3. The suicide rate for adolescent Native Americans is 2-5 times the rate for whites in the same age group. (Office of Minority Mental Health)
MMHM-03 Learn more/get involved: Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health

4. LGB youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide compared to their straight peers. (2011 CDC Report)
MMHM-04 Learn more/get involved: The Trevor Project

5. Native American males ages 15-24 account for 64 percent of all suicides among Native Americans. (2001 Surgeon General Report)
MMHM-05 Learn more/get involved: Mental Health America- Native American Communities

6. Among women aged 15-24, Asian American females have the highest suicide rates across all racial/ethnic groups. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
MMHM-06 Learn more/get involved: National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

7. From 1999 to 2004, suicide was the third leading cause of death for African Americans between ages 15-24. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

MMHM-07 Learn more/get involved: Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation, Inc.

8. Only 1 out of 3 African Americans who need mental health care receive it. (American Psychiatric Association)
MMHM-08 Learn more/get involved: National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health

9. In 2012, 14 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives age 18+ had co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. (SAMHSA)
MMHM-10 Learn more/get involved: The National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research

10. Recovery is possible for everyone.