America as a whole is suffering a mental health crisis: nearly 53 million people are estimated to have experienced mental illness in 2020. But statistics show that mental health problems hit BIPOC (Black, Indigenious, People of Color) the hardest.
Members of the BIPOC community often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to factors such as lack of access to quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental illness, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health.
In 2021, it was estimated that only 39 percent of Black or African American adults, 25 percent of Asian adults, and 36 percent of Hispanic/Latino adults with any mental illness were treated, compared to 52 percent of non-Hispanic white adults.
According to the Veterans Health Administration Department of Veterans Affairs, American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans report experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at double the rate of non-Hispanic white Veterans—20.5 percent compared to 11.6 percent.
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Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Black or African American Adults