Wednesday, July 21, 2021 — 2:00 pm ET
For black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC) Mental Health Awareness Month, Magellan is offering a free webinar with their medical directors, Dr. Rakel Beall-Wilkins, MD, MPH, psychiatrist, and Dr. Misty Tu, MD, psychiatrist, as they share their knowledge and tips to support BIPOC mental health and answer questions from the audience.
Impacts from the pandemic have disproportionately affected BIPOC groups, leading to increased stress and mental health concerns. While African Americans make up 13% of the U.S. population, they make up 30% of COVID-19 cases and 33% of COVID-19 hospitalizations . Data shows that COVID-19-related deaths among BIPOC groups are also disproportionately higher . Among Hispanic adults during the pandemic, reports of increased or newly initiated substance use (SU) was 36.9%, compared to 14.3%–15.6% among all other respondents, symptoms of depression were reported 59% more frequently than by White individuals, and reports of suicidal thoughts/ideation were 4x higher than for African American and White individuals . Among Asian Americans during the pandemic, 32% have reported fear over being threatened or physically attacked, 45% have reported at least one derogatory incident tied to racial or ethnic background, and 81% have reported a general concern that violence against them is increasing .
Historically, individuals in racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive treatment for mental health or SU disorders . Among people with any mental illness in 2015, 22% of Asian people and 31% of African American and Hispanic people received treatment, compared to 48% of White people .