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The Statistics and Mental Health Needs of BIPOC

Each July, we join Mental Health America and raise awareness to the mental health needs of those that are often overlooked. These people include BIPOC, those that identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community and refugee and immigrant groups. 

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity.

BIPOC Mental Health Statistics

Here’s a closer look at the amount of people within the BIPOC population that have a mental health condition.

    • 37%
  • Native/Indigenous
    • 23%
  • Multiracial
    • 25%
  • Black/African American
    • 17%
  • Latinx/Hispanic
    • 15%

In addition, of those that participated in these mental health screenings, many were at-risk or already identified as having a substance use disorder. Above all, the groups that had the highest risk were LGBTQIA+, Multiracial, Native and Indigenous people. For instance, Native and Indigenous people screened higher for bi-polar disorder and PTSD. Similarly, biracial groups screened higher for those along with eating disorders.

Disparities in Mental Health for BIPOC

This group of people in our community is less likely to receive mental health care. For example, in a recent study it showed that among adults with mental health conditions, 48% of white received services. Additionally, only 31% of blacks and Hispanics and 22% of Asians received them.

There are a lot of factors that affect the access to treatment including:

  • Not having insurance
  • Stigma associated with mental health conditions
  • Lack of diversity among providers
  • Language barriers
  • Distrust in the health care system
  • Low cultural competence among providers

Why Is This Happening?

Lack of cultural understanding by health care providers is a big contributor. For instance, this includes language differences, stigma of mental health conditions and cultural presentation of symptoms.

What Can Be Done?

Here you can find specific resources for mental health support and treatment specifically for the BIPOC community.

No matter what race or group you identify with, if you believe you have a mental health condition, reach out for help. There are mental health professionals here to work with you every step of the way and online support groups. Learn more about our mental health programs.

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