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Mental Health

Is mental health de-stigmatized in the black community? Statistically, African Americans are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress than adult whites. In this sociopolitical climate, mental health advocacy and support are greatly needed.

African Americans are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress than adult whites.

African Americans are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress than adult whites.

The Mental Health of America evaluates the disparities that African Americans face and its adverse impact on mental health. Historical adversity, which includes slavery, sharecropping and race-based exclusion from health, educational, social and economic resources, translates into socioeconomic disparities experienced by African Americans today. Presently, African Americans experience unprecedented racial bias, racial profiling, unfair policing, discrimination, and denial of fundamental constitutional and civil rights.

People who have the following sociopolitical and socioeconomic factors are at higher risk for poor mental health.

Sociopolitical factors:

  • poverty
  • exposure to crime
  • food insecurity
  • housing affordability

Socioeconomic status factors:

  • impoverished
  • homeless
  • incarcerated
  • substance abuse problems

Watch the video below to learn more about mental health issues in the African American community or visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website.