Click the title to check out this infographic on minority mental health by Mental Health America. It breaks down the U.S. population by race/ethnicity, the prevalence of mental health and substance use issues among minorities, barriers to getting help (hint: stigma), and some interesting trends in mental health screening.
The American Psychiatric Association has compiled 9 factsheets around mental health in diverse populations, which “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.”
The CDC identifies suicide as a leading cause of death in the United States, with “suicide rates increas[ing] in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016.” Click the title to access the complete CDC report with statistics on suicide in the United States, factors that contribute to suicide, the 12 warning signs of suicide and suggestions for working as a community to prevent it.
This Distorted Perceptions original article explores the history of stigma towards suicide, the connection between them today, and the far-reaching consequences it can cause for everyone involved.
The Ruderman Family Foundation conducted a nationwide study that resulted in the troubling conclusion that first responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. ““The white paper also goes on to lay out several barriers that prevent first responders from accessing necessary mental health services to help them cope with trauma.”
“The truth is, many people living with mental health conditions are productive, reliable employees and leaders who live full and satisfying lives. But even in the most progressive workplaces, many employees keep their conditions secret. They may be afraid that being open about them will hurt their reputation, compromise work relationships, or even jeopardize their job.” Click the title for the full article from Kaiser Permanente "Reducing mental health stigma in the workplace" for more stats and tips for changing workplace culture.
“By adopting policies that scare women away from treatment, clinics and health organizations lose the opportunity to intervene and promote maternal and infant health.”
“Between 1980 and 2009, the arrest rate for drug possession or use tripled among women, while it doubled among men. Opioid abuse has exacerbated the problem, and rural areas in particular lack the resources and readily accessible treatment to help curb the problem.”
“Fewer than a quarter of the nation’s substance abuse treatment centers offer services tailored to pregnant or postpartum women, according to the most recent survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration”
Schools play a powerful role in fighting distorted perceptions around mental health and addiction! The Child Mind Institute reports that school based anti-stigma programs not only improve mental health attitudes by 68%, but that these positive attitudes actually increase treatment-seeking behavior in adolescents.