Mental health does not discriminate, but BIPOC communities always experience discrimination and racism. According to Mental Health America, 6.8 million African Americans, 8.9 million Latinx/Hispanic Americans, 2.2 million Asian Americans, and 830,000 Indigenous people have mental health conditions.
Unfortunately, minority groups in the U.S. still experience systemic racism, discrimination, income inequality, limited access to mental health treatment, poverty, cultural stigma, violence, homelessness, and lack of affordable health resources at disproportionately higher rates (in comparison to their Caucasian fellow citizens).
As the founder of Speaks 2 Inspire, a Black-owned mental health consultancy, I understand the power of sharing my story as a black man who struggled with and overcame mental health challenges. Promoting mental wellness in the Black community is one of our top priorities year-round, but especially during February and Black History Month.