Mental Health Month: Facts of the Day

Mental Health and communities

  • African Americans and Latinos are up to three times more likely than whites to say that people of color are less likely to receive adequate health care. Only one in five whites agree with this assumption, however.
  • Only 33 percent of African Americans enrolled in Medicare managed care health plans receive followup care after being hospitalized for a mental illness compared with 54 percent of white Americans.
  • One-third of all Latinos (32.7 percent) lack health insurance coverage, a far higher proportion than any other ethnic group.
  • Ninety percent of African American youths who enter the mental health system live in poverty.
  • Although homicide is the second leading cause of death among all people ages 10 to 24, it is the leading cause of death for African-Americans in that age group.
  • While the suicide rate for white teenage males fell somewhat between 1986 and 1997, the rate for African American male teens increased dramatically during the same period (7.1 per 100,000 to 11.4 per 100,000).
  • American Indian and Alaskan Natives have the highest rate of suicide in the 15 to 24 age group of all American ethnic and racial groups.
  • About 70 percent of Southeast Asian immigrants in the U.S. who receive mental healthcare have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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