Race & Ethnicity

 

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In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report, Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, that documented substantial differences in mental health service utilization between non-Hispanic white adults and other racial/ethnic groups. The report also noted racial/ethnic differences in the types of services that are used. Moreover, the Surgeon General determined that not all differences in mental health service utilization resulted from personal preference. Rather, many of the racial/ethnic differences in mental health service utilization resulted from structural barriers, such as lack of transportation, low availability of care providers, cost, and insurance barriers.

The Little Understood Mental-Health Effects of Racial Trauma

While the trigger (both literally and metaphorically) is the same, there is an aspect of these events that is frequently overlooked: the effects of the frequent police killings on black Americans’ mental health in the form of racial trauma, a psychological phenomenon that some experts say is similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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