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Minority Mental Health Research Brings Hope to Underserved Communities

Advocacy, Disparities

Minority Mental Health Research Brings Hope to Underserved Communities

One in six US adults lives
with some form of mental illness, says the Patient Centered Outcomes Research
Institute (PCORI). But racial and ethnic minorities have
less access to mental health care, are less likely to be diagnosed, and have
poorer mental health outcomes
.

Non-Hispanic Blacks are 10
percent more likely, and Hispanic/Latinos are 40 percent more likely, to
experience psychological distress than their Caucasian counterparts. For
American Indians and Alaska Natives, the numbers are even worse, PCORI says,
quoting statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of
Minority Health. They’re a whopping 70 percent more likely to experience
psychological distress.

PCORI shone a spotlight on research concerning minority
mental health
that it has
helped fund. PCORI has funded 39 studies with more than $170 million as of
June.

Men’s Health Network (MHN)
created a white paper discussing the needs of American Indian and Alaskan
Native men. The paper notes the alarming rise in suicides in the
community, especially in the age groups ranging from adolescents to middle age.
And, an Office of Indian Men’s Health passed as part of the affordable Care Act, but no one has been named to
administer it
.

Men’s Health Network has also
created a library of resources that discuss men’s health, including mental
health and well-being. The resource center
offers a wealth of material on all aspects of men’s health, with most available
for download.

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Robin Mather is a third-generation journalist with more than 40 years’ experience working at major daily newspapers and national magazines. A Michigan native, she now lives in Arizona

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