The White-Knuckle Crowd

What Poverty Does to Mental Illness

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Mental healthcare for those who live in poverty is abysmal.

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  • African Americans and Hispanic Americans each use mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
  • 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness
  • And there just aren’t enough mental health providers to meet the growing need.
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How to Help

If you want to help, check out these resources for opportunities to volunteer and/or donate.

  • The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest funder or research on mental disorders in the world. They also collaborate with mental health research stakeholders, such as consumer, family, and health care professional organizations.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a number of programs and services. SAMHSA’s programs and campaigns “offer information, training, and technical assistance to improve the quality and delivery of behavioral health services across the nation”.
  • Another option that many people may not think of is to participate in a clinical trial. You may be leery, or shy away from being a “lab rat” but clinical trials are how new treatments are found and developed, which benefits us all.

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