Unfortunately, even in today’s modern society, those of racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to have access to mental health services.
In fact, according to The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), minority groups in the U.S. are also less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care.
With the pandemic and racial tension in the world today, it is clear that access to mental health services for minority groups is deeply needed. Although current events have caused a blow to many individuals’ mental health, they have also encouraged the world to educate themselves and open their eyes to privileges many unfortunately do not have.
We encourage you to remain educated as well and support all of our brothers and sisters when it comes to mental health.
NAMI NJ has produced a documentary titled Documenting Our Presence: Multicultural Experiences of Mental Illness, which gives viewers a compassionate, hopeful look at the experiences of people of diverse backgrounds, affected by serious mental illness.
Below is the trailer from Nami NJ’s YouTube page. Please watch this video to understand how mental health has a diverse impact on people.