Impacts from the pandemic have disproportionately affected BIPOC groups, leading to increased stress and mental health concerns. While African Americans make up 13% of the U.S. population, they make up 30% of COVID-19 cases and 33% of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Among Hispanic adults during the pandemic, reports of increased or newly initiated substance use (SU) were 36.9%, compared to 14.3%–15.6% among all other respondents, and reports of suicidal thoughts/ideation were 4x higher than for African American and White individuals. Among Asian Americans during the pandemic, 45% have reported at least one derogatory incident tied to racial or ethnic background, and 81% have reported a general concern that violence against them is increasing.
Historically, individuals in racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive treatment for mental health or SU disorders. Among people with any mental illness in 2015, 22% of Asian people and 31% of African American and Hispanic people received treatment, compared to 48% of White people.
For BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, join us for this free webinar with Magellan's medical directors, Dr. Rakel Beall-Wilkins, MD, MPH, psychiatrist, and Dr. Misty Tu, MD, psychiatrist.
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