There are around 37 million people who identify themselves as a part of the black community in the United States of America. From some leading personalities like George Washington to modern-day pioneers like Neil deGrasse Tyson, there are a myriad of people who have made huge contributions to the ongoing hustle for social, racial, and economic justice. Despite all the preeminent efforts, studies show that the adult black community is 25% more likely to experiment with serious mental health issues.
It is imperative here to understand that regardless of all the efforts being made to raise the living standards of the black community. Despite all the enormous contributions, the gaps will remain unfulfilled until mental health disparities are not addressed clearly. Mental health problems such as major depressive disorder are the most common and emerging disparity that needs thorough attention.
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Apart from many other factors, the systematic barriers seriously impact mental health in the Black community. Although this community only constitutes 12% of the total population of the United States, they are represented as the ones at high risk. For example, if we consider the homeless population, then approximately 40% of the black community comes under the umbrella. Similarly 45% of children in the foster care system and all the other associated issues.
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Research shows that exposure to incarceration, violence, involvement in different activities can potentially ignite the chances of developing various mental health problems. Needless to say, the Black community, due to these factors, are prone to developing mental health issues to great extents. Moreover, historical, social, political, and economic influences have collectively played a significant role in damaging physical and mental health.