New Data Shows Nearly Half of All People of Color and LGBTQ+
Have Experienced Increased Mental Health Challenges During Pandemic
This week, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing released this data finding that nearly half of all Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and LGBTQ+ individuals say they have personally experienced increased mental health challenges over the past 12 months, but few received treatment.
In addition, nearly one in five individuals found it difficult to access a therapist or counselor for mental health treatment and nearly one in six adults found it difficult to secure treatment to address a substance use challenge.
These results underscore the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on members of minority communities and the urgent need to improve health equity through Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) and other programs that dramatically boost access in underserved communities.