MAKING MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY
You might not realize it, but your brain could need a doctor, too. Mental health is often overlooked or not addressed within minority communities, which leads to less people seeking treatment. Here at Neighborhood Health Association we strive to identify and remove those barriers that could prevent patients from receiving quality health services for their mental health needs. After all, taking care of your mental health is important to having an overall better health outcome.
Who is Affected by Mental Health Issues?
According to data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service, one in every five adults in America experience a mental issue; one in 10 young people experience a period of major depression; and one in 25 Americans live with a serious mental health condition, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) breaks down the prevalence of adult mental illness by race:
28.3% of the American Indian/Alaskan Native adult population lives with a mental health condition.
19.3% of the white adult community is living with a mental health condition.
18.6% of the African American adult population is living with a mental health condition.
16.3 % of the Hispanic adult population is living with a mental health condition.
13.9% of the Asian adult community lives with a mental health condition.
Unfortunately, minority groups—particularly men of African American and Hispanic descent—are less likely to seek help or treatment for their mental health concerns.
Reason for the disparities
Communities of color tend to experience greater burden of mental and substance use disorders for several reasons, which may include:
- Less access to care and treatment
- Poorer quality of care
- Higher levels of stigma associated with mental illness
- Culturally insensitive or racist health care settings
- Language barriers
- Lack of health insurance
In an effort to combat these barriers, NHA offers quality, compassionate care, regardless of your ability to pay. We accept patients of all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses, including Medicaid recipients and patients who are not insured or underinsured.
Ways to get help
The first step is to talk with your primary care provider. If you do not have one, NHA can provide you with access to your choice of a Medical Doctor or Certified Nurse Practitioner. If you have a personal preference to see a male or female provider, we can accommodate this need as well.
At the same time, seek support in people you trust. Connect with other individuals and families who have shared experiences, or who you feel comfortable around. Additionally, health care organizations can help you connect with support groups or one-on-one counseling.
NHA is a proud partner of the Zepf Center. Our patients may be seen at the Zepf Center for integrated primary and mental health care. The program is designed to ensure the solid and consistent exchange of treatment information between mental health and primary care providers to maximize healthy patient outcomes.
To become an NHA patient, please call 419.255.7883.