Black/African Americans today are over-represented in our jails and prisons.
People of color account for 60 percent of the prison population. Black/African Americans also account for 37 percent of drug arrests, but only14 percent of regular drug users (illicit drug use is frequently associated with self-medication among people with mental illnesses).
Because less than 2 percent of American Psychological Association members are Black/African American, some may worry that mental health care practitioners are not culturally competent enough to treat their specific issues.
This is compounded by the fact that some Black/African American patients have reported experiencing racism and microaggression from therapists.
Stigma and judgment prevents Black/African Americans from seeking treatment for their mental illnesses.
Research indicates that Black/African Americans believe that mild depression or anxiety would be considered “crazy” in their social circles.
Furthermore, many believe that discussions about mental illness would not be appropriate even among family.
👉👉What struggles do you deal with in facing the stigma of Mental Health?