Surprising Mental Health Facts
We’re sure by now you’ve heard of the tragedy that struck the Kansas City Chiefs organization as Jovan Belcher murdered the mother of his child and killed himself. The whole story is a rude awakening about the struggles of mental health, especially in the African American community.
We’re taking this time to highlight some alarming facts that we should all pay attention to and find ways to make our situations better. Take a look. And take notes.
And to make sure you pay attention, we’ll include pics of great-looking celebrities. Deal? Deal.
Less than half of African American adults with mental illness seek treatment and less than one third of their children receive treatment.
African Americans make up forty percent of the homeless population. The majority of them are suffering from mental illnesses and are self-medicating
Seven percent of African American men will suffer from depression in their lifetimes.
A negative stigma and the cost of treatment is preventing too many from getting proper care
Suicide rate for African American men was almost five times that of African American women in 2009
African Americans are 20 percent more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Whites
Whites are twice as likely to receive antidepressant treatment than African Americans
Suicide Rate for African-Americans is 60 percent lower than that of Non-hispanic Whites
From 1980 to 1995 the suicide rate among African Americans ages 10 to 14 increased 233 percent as compared to 120 percent in Whites