JACKSON, Tennessee. — A doctor discusses mental health and how it disproportionately affects minority communities.
Mental Illness Awareness Week begins the first week of October.
A professor opens the door to a discussion on mental health awareness and disadvantaged populations.
Through data analysis, Dr. Daniel Dawes found that minority groups were disproportionately affected by mental health issues.
Research shows that minority communities do not receive the same level of care as white communities.
Over the past twenty years, this has increased dramatically, mainly during and after COVID-19.
“Those who might not think this is a problem that affects them personally or their family, you know, the truth is that twenty percent of Americans suffer from mental illness and as we get older, half of them we will suffer from mental illness,” Dr. Dawes said.
If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, Dr. Dawes recommends calling the new Mental Health Emergency Hotline at 9-8-8. This number will allow you to speak to mental health professionals specially trained and qualified to provide special help to those affected.
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