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).
Fast forward to 2022, and we are still witnessing homophobia and transphobia. LGBTQ+ rights are currently being challenged by a growing movement of individuals trying to erase and mitigate the personal experiences of LGBTQIA+ folks. This is why Pride Month couldn’t be a more critical time for you to become a better ally, advocate, or friend to the community.