CBHA Recognizes Minority Mental Health Month
The Governor’s Budget is set, but Legislative business is on pause as we are in the middle of summer recess. As Legislative Session resumes in mid-August, we look forward to providing you with updates on our sponsored legislation.
This month, we commemorated National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This is timely as we are inundated with reports about the recent events at our nation’s border and the impact that migration has on the mental health of immigrants. Immigrants endure separation from their country of origin, family members, and culture, as well as having to navigate a new and unfamiliar environment.
While we do not have statistics reflecting the toll that the migration process exacts on immigrants, we have information about the impact and prevalence of mental illness on United States citizens who represent racial and ethnically diverse populations. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
- Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition.
- Almost 25% of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino.
- Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic groups....continue reading