Disparities Within Minority Mental Health Care
Have you ever tried to unlock a door that wouldn’t open? At first, you think you might be doing something wrong. Maybe there’s a trick to it. You pull the key back a little—doesn’t work. You wiggle the key—doesn’t work. You keep trying, but the door stays locked. After a while, you realize the problem isn’t you, it’s the key.It
This is what it’s like for minorities trying to access mental health care.
As hard as it is for anyone to get proper mental health care in the United States, it’s even harder for racial, ethnic, religious and gender minorities. Not only are there the problems most of us experience—issues with insurance, long wait times, difficulty finding specialists, sky-rocketing deductibles and co-pays—but there are added burdens of access and quality-of-care.
It is absolutely necessary to get treated for any mental illness. Your mental health is just as important
as your physical health. When you don't exercise you can start to fill tired and sluggish. It is the same
with your mental health. You brain gets tired because it is not getting exercise, or sometimes too much.
It's best to seek help immediately if this is happening. Some people have hang-ups with talking to a
counselor, they are there to help you get on the path to being healthy.
Get information on minority mental health. Your life depends on it!
Lisa Polnitz, Editor - Mental Health Matters Magazine.