Minority Mental Health

Did you know July is National Minority Mental Health Month?

Here are 10 facts about Minority Mental Health to get you thinking:

1. Teenage Latinas are more likely to die by suicide than African American and white, non-Hispanic female students. 

2. Less than 1 in 11 Latinos with mental disorders contact mental health care specialists.

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

4. LGB youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide compared to their straight peers.

5. Native American males ages 15-24 account for 64 percent of all suicidesamong Native Americans.

6. Among women aged 15-24, Asian American females have the highest suicide rates across all racial/ethnic groups.

7. In a 2006 study, suicide was cited asthe third leading cause of death for African Americans ages 15-19.

8. Only 1 out of 3 African Americans who need mental health care receive it.

9. In 2012, 14 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives age 18-plus had co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. 

10. Recovery is possible for everyone.

If you or someone you know needs help,please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. (The Mighty, Mental Health.)


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