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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

From the Office of Minority Health (OMH):

Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.

· Non-Hispanic Whites are more than twice as likely to receive antidepressant prescription treatments as are Non-Hispanic Blacks.

· In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.

· Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States.

· Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.

For more information on mental health and minority populations, such as statistics, tools and resources, visit the OMH  page: http://1.usa.gov/1omWTes

 

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