African Americans are 20% more likely to experience severe forms of mental health conditions including major depression, suicide and posttraumatic stress disorder.These realities are what make National Minority Mental Health Month so important. This month allows us to acknowledge and begin to alleviate the inequalities that exist in our national mental health care system. Here are three areas to consider when understanding what sets mental health in African American communities in particular apart:

Source: NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Acknowledging the Importance of Minority Mental Health Month