Historically, enslavement, lack of economic opportunity, oppression and cultural bias have led to high poverty in the African American community. These factors can lead to homelessness, incarceration, and substance use problems, which increase the chances of poor mental health. In fact, the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health states that African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.
Good mental health enables people to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and have happy relationships with others. Studies show that with support and treatment, between 70% and 90% of all people with mental health challenges have said that they have reduced symptoms and improved quality of life.
The resources below can assist organizations serving African Americans as well as individuals interested in information for themselves or for a loved one. To download a PDF with the resources listed below click here.