::: Minority Mental Health Awareness :::
In today’s message-saturated culture, it can sometimes be challenging to prioritize attention and then to sustain and direct that attention to action.
Taking time to become more aware of mental health issues including parity, cultural competence among mental health practitioners, current reform efforts, and disorder symptoms and treatment is well worth the effort. Consider these eye-opening stats provided on the National Alliance on Mental Illness website:
MH Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
MH Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
MH 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
MH An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
MH 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness