The stigma of mental illness and mistrust of the health community are preventing many African-Americans from seeking the care they need. African-Americans have similar rates of mental illness as the general population, however they come into treatment later, receive less and poorer quality of care and often lack access to appropriate care.
Only 1 in 3 African-Americans who need mental health care receives it. Although barriers exist, we can overcome them. We must educate providers about mental health differences and disparities. We can do that by adding cultural competency and bias training to academic programs. We also have to address stigma so that anyone with mental illness is no longer hesitant to seek treatment. (Source: Black America Web) Click the link below to see what Dr. Stewart has to say about mental health!