There are barriers for many people to get mental health help, but each are unique difficulties that require specialized solving. What are the barrier that prevent Blacks from getting help?
Mental Health For Black Community
Burdens of Single Motherhood
30% of Black families led by single mothers compared to 9% of white families
More Likely to Consider Suicide
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among African Americans ages 15 to 24.
What are the roadblocks🚧 for Black Communities?
Mental health services can be expensive, and the wait for actual results is long. For many African Americans, mental health help is too costly to afford.
Lack of Representation In Providers
The lack of Black Mental Health Support and brown therapists hinders many African Americans from seeking treatment, as many do not believe that a white therapist will understand their situation. But many people, not just blacks, feel more comfortable around others of the same ethnicity, trusting that they share similar experiences.
Consistency In Making Time For Services
For every community, time is a significant barrier. However, Black Americans have the highest rate of single-parent households among all ethnicities. As a result, finding extra time to seek clinical help is difficult when you are busy with work, parenting, and your own mental-emotional health. Growing up, Black children can sometimes lack the mental and emotional support they need.
Historical institutional Mistrust
Mistreatment, experimentation, and discrimination in the healthcare system that can make black people wary of seeking behavioral or mental health services. Many black Americans living in urban or low-income areas have unresolved childhood traumas that go on unchecked for years or even a lifetime. Mental Illness can present as aggression, mood swings, paranoia, and PTSD. Many black children are observed to have hyper behaviors when they are actually under or undiagnosed for learning differences or mood disorders.
The belief that seeking mental health help is something to be ashamed of or that it reflects poorly on one’s family or community.