Are minorities more prone to depression?

Depression doesn’t discriminate across race or income; anyone can become depressed. However, many disadvantaged populations don’t have access to care providers or do not prioritize annual screenings. This makes it harder to capture accurate data to determine a greater propensity for depression among minorities. 

Studies indicate minorities have less access to treatment and seek it out less often. Language barriers and cultural insensitivities as well as stigma have also historically complicated care.

Moreover, the U.S. HHS suggests that adult minorities living below the poverty line are more likely to report serious psychological distress than adults living above the poverty line. 

If you or someone you know is showing signs of depression, visit a doctor to determine the best course of action. 

By the numbers

Percentages of populations with a mental health condition: 
  • 13.9% of Asian adults
  • 16.3 % of Hispanic adults 
  • 18.6% of Black adults
  • 19.3% of White adults
  • 28.3% of First Nations adults
  • Members of the LGBTQ community are twice as likely to have a mental health condition

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