Mental Health Disparities
Encyclopedia of Social Work
Millions of Americans are affected by a mental illness or disorder each year. Given the prevalence, it is unfortunate that significant disparities exist within mental health care. Some of the most common reasons mental health disparities exist include stigma, previous negative experiences, limited mental health literacy, lack of culturally aware providers and services, language access, and lack of financial resources. Additionally, members of racial and ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation minority groups, who already encounter higher levels of bias, experience poorer mental health outcomes due to disparities than their counterparts. Grounded in the values and ethics of the profession, it is no surprise that social workers play a vital role in reducing mental health disparities.
Wells-Wilbon, Rhonda; Porter, Rhea; Geyton, Taylor; and Estreet, Anthony, "Mental Health Disparities" (2021). School of Social Work. 96.
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