Minority Mental Health


National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Month this July
Mental Health Disparities: Diverse Populations
Mental Health Facts for Diverse Populations
Mental Health Facts for African Americans
Mental Health Facts for American Indian/Alaska Natives
Mental Health Facts for Appalachian People
Mental Health Facts for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders
Mental Health Facts for Bisexual Populations
Mental Health Facts for Gay Populations
Mental Health Facts for Hispanics and Latinos/as
Mental Health Facts for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ)
Mental Health Facts for Muslim Americans
Mental Health Facts on Questioning/Queer Populations
Mental Health Facts for Refugees, Asylum-seekers, and Survivors of Forced Displacement
Mental Health Facts for Women
Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations
Think Cultural Health
Behavioral Health E-Learning Program
Race and Hispanic Origin
Resources & Publications

Mental Health Disorders & Treatment
Substance Use
Trauma & Violence
2023 Culture, Community and Connection: BIPOC Mental Helth Outreach Toolkit -

At minorityhealth.hhs.gov/minority-mental-health/, the link to your site Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient at that location is a 404. At that sight I noticed that 6 of the populations were covered by women, three by men. It makes sense since men represent only around 25% of people practicing therapy, , 25% of people going to therapy,, the majority are white men, and while 75% of deaths by suicide are men, the behavioral health care system isn't set-up to work with them and the cultural training starting with gender markers a few moments after birth. The culture isn't set up to reduce suicide. It's set up to reach those with less serious intent to die by suicide and therefore increasing access is geared to women who have higher levels of risk factors for attempts, but significantly lower risk factors to actually die by suicide. Men aren't part of the equity lens, even the ones who are BIPOC or GBT. Having access versus actually having a system that is inclusive for men to utilize are two totally different things. And men through the ages continue to realize and accept that we're expendable.    

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic made it harder for racial and ethnic minority groups to get access to mental health and substance-use treatment services.

Throughout the month of Ju;y, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will focus on promoting tools and resources addressing the stigma about mental health among racial and ethnic minority populations.

OMH encourages state, tribal, and local leaders, community-based organizations, faith leaders, healthcare providers and individuals to educate theirr communities regarding mental health stigma.

Mental Health Disparities

Racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors including inaccessibility of high quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health.

The following factsheets provide a snapshot of the current state of mental health of minority populations and some factors that may contribute to mental health disparities among these groups.

American Psychiatric Association (APA) Mental Health Disparities: Diverse Populations Exit Disclaimer

Behavioral Health E-Learning Program

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and partners will promote the free and accredited OMH e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. This program is part of OMH’s Think Cultural Health E-learning courses, which aims to assist health professionals in building and sustaining culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Through the Think Cultural Health website, OMH provides free e-learning courses in support of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Month this July

Many organizations participate in National Minority Mental Health Month each July. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) features the WhyCare? Campaign to bring awareness to the importance of care in the treatment of mental health. The campaign also highlights the importance of care when it comes to everyday relationships with people who have mental health issues. Demonstrating how and why people care about those with mental illness helps raise awareness about the importance of treatment. Simply caring can have a life-changing effect on those with mental health issues.

Mental Health America celebrates National Minority Mental Health Month by asking the public to share videos, pictures, notes, poems and even graphics on social media with the hashtag #DepthOfMyIdentity. The social media posts should help others understand the life experiences, stereotypes, negative preconceptions and biases that can affect mental health and access to treatment. Through their posts, participants can share the labels they use to describe themselves, discuss how the perceptions of others have affected their mental health, and share advice that can help others if they were to encounter a similar situation.

Everyone who needs mental health treatment deserves access to quality care. National Minority Mental Health Month brings attention to the need to serve marginalized communities, and helps millions of minorities get the treatment they need.

Race and Hispanic Origin

White alone, percent


Black or African American alone, percent(a)


American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)


Asian alone, percent(a)


Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone,percent(a)


Two or More Races, percent


Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)


White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent


Source: www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/OR/BZA210221#BZA210221

Resources & Publications

American Hospital Association (AHA) COVID-19: Stress and Coping Resources Exit Disclaimer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resource: Coping with Stress

Communities during COVID-19

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide Exit Disclaimer

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Supporting Mental Health During COVID-19

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Report on Behavioral Health Disparities in Black and Latino


LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)

LGBTQI | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI LGBTQI Mental Health

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Equity: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Mental Health Disorders & Treatment

Behavioral Health Equity | SAMHSA
Mental Health America (MHA) Mental Health Treatments
NAMI Mental Health by the Numbers
NAMI Mental Health Treatments
SAMHSA Treatment Locator

Substance Use

CDC COVID-19 Resource: Alcohol and Substance Abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trial Locator
Search SAMHSA Publications and Digital Products | SAMHSA Publications and Digital Products
The Opioid Crisis and the Hispanic/Latino Population: An Urgent Issue | SAMHSA Publications and Digital Products

Trauma & Violence

Abuse, trauma, and mental health | Office on Women's Health (womenshealth.gov)
Domestic Violence Support | The National Domestic Violence Hotline (thehotline.org)
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) Trauma Resource Center Websites
NIMH » Coping with Traumatic Events (nih.gov)
NIMH » Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disasters and Other Traumatic Events: What Parents, Rescue Workers, and the Community Can Do (nih.gov)
NIMH » Publications in English (nih.gov)
RAINN | The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization
Trauma and Violence | SAMHSA
Violence Related Trauma Resources - HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH)

Source: minorityhealth.hhs.gov/minority-mental-health/



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