The CRY…Mental Health and the Black Community

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According to  an article in the the Mental Health America blog states:

63 percent of African Americans believe that depression is a personal weakness.

  • ​Barriers to the treatment of depression cited by African Americans included:
    • ​Denial (40 percent)
    • Embarrassment/shame (38 percent)
    • Don’t want/refuse help (31 percent)
    • Lack money/insurance (29 percent)
    • Fear (17 percent)
    • Lack knowledge of treatment/problem (17 percent)
    • Hopeless (12 percent)

As noted by the Office of Minority Health:

Only 8.7 percent of adult blacks, versus 16 percent of adult whites, received treatment for mental health concerns in 2007-2008. ​

  • Only 6.2 percent of adult blacks  versus 13.9 percent of adult whites, received medications for mental health concerns during 2008.

 

  • And while 68.7 percent of adult whites with a major depressive episode in 2009 received treatment, only 53.2 percent of adult blacks did.

 

Learn more http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/african-american-mental-health

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the SHAME and STIGMA of CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS

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