Mental Health Care For Over Stressed Black Americans, Almost Nonexistent

The definition of stress is a physical, mental and emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. If there is one thing that recent police brutality protests and the coronavirus pandemic have demonstrated, it is that life for black people in America is extremely stressful.  Stress is a normal aspect of life, but many black people have had more than their share.

And while it might seem logical to assume that all that stress would translate into higher rates of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, that doesn’t seem to be the case — at least not when actual diagnoses are tallied.

But official numbers don’t capture the whole story, as a multitude of factors stand in the way of good mental health care for black Americans.