The U.S. population is continuing to become more diverse. By 2044, more than half of all Americans are projected to belong to a minority group (any group other than non-Hispanic White alone).
Most racial/ethnic minority groups overall have similar—or in some cases, fewer—mental disorders than whites. However, the consequences of mental illness in minorities may be long lasting.
People from racial/ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive mental health care. For example, in 2015, among adults with any mental illness, 48% of whites received mental health services, compared with 31% of blacks and Hispanics, and 22% of Asians.
There are differences in the types of services (outpatient, prescription, inpatient) used more frequently by people of different ethnic/racial groups. Adults identifying as two or more races, whites, and American Indian/Alaska Natives were more likely to receive outpatient mental health services and more likely to use prescription psychiatric medication than other racial/ethnic groups. Inpatient mental health services were used more frequently by black adults and those reporting two or more races. Asians are less likely to use mental health services than any other race/ethnic group.
Among all racial/ethnic groups, except American Indian/Alaska Native, women are much more likely to receive mental health services than men.
Factors affecting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic/racial groups may include:
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