AWARENESS - Critical Issues Faced by African American Communities
Mental illness changes how an individual thinks and feels.
Awareness changes how we think and feel about mental illness.
Personal Stigma/Less Access to Treatment/Money/Poor Quality of Care
/Racism, Bias, or Discrimination by Care Providers/
Little or No Insurance/Culturally Insensitive Health Care System
According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Also, 63% of African Americans believe that depression is a personal weakness; only 31 percent of African Americans believe that depression is a "health problem".
The goal of EMNS is to encourage primarily the African American population to learn more about mental illness, connect with other individuals and families, and access the mental health professionals and community resources which can help them.
Our services are designed to get the conversation started in your family, community groups, workplaces, government institutions, social groups, and churches.
Know the warning signs.
Know where to get help.
Don't be afraid to reach out.