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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Young, Depressed, and Of Color: Why Schools and Doctors Get It Wrong - COLORLINES

Young, Depressed, and Of Color: Why Schools and Doctors Get It Wrong - COLORLINES

This article states, "There’s a deep mistrust between communities of color and the mental health field". Read on...

The National Alliance on Mental Health notes (PDF) that African Americans are more likely to be misdiagnosed and, in turn, receive inadequate treatment often due to a “lack of cultural understanding.”

NAMI Fact SheetExperiences of mental illness vary across cultures, and there is a need for improved cultural awareness and competence in the health care and mental health workforce.

NAMI Fact SheetAcross a recent 15-year span, suicide rates increased 233 percent among African Americans aged 10-14 compared to 120 percent among Caucasian Americans in the same age group across the same span of time.

Click (PDF) above...to get the National Alliance on Mental Illness Fact Sheet:  African American Community Mental Health

Be informed!

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