February marks African American History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans throughout history and today. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the challenges this community faces regarding mental health issues and healthcare access.
According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health issues than the general population. Common mental health disorders among African Americans include major depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide among young African American men. The American Psychological Association states that racism and racial discrimination create a unique environment of pervasive, additional stress for people of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Studies find that race-related stress is associated with the development of lifetime depressive and mood disorders.
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