According to scientists, white college students receive more mental health care than any other group. Does it make white students more mentally ill? It’s unclear whether white students simply receive more overall care than other groups. However, scientists have found a clear divide between white students with mental health issues and their black and Hispanic peers. America’s mental health care divide may be as big as the many racist movements. Will politicians take note of the new data?
Are black and Hispanic students less mentally ill than white students? Scientists believe racism is the cause
Scientists have found shocking data on students with mental disorders. And racism is the root. The Harvard Medical School study compared data from 50 states between 2006 and 2012. The research looked at college students between the ages of 18 and 34, including those younger than 18. Research found that inequality was part of the care given to non-white students. In fact, black and Latino children made 37 and 49 percent fewer visits to mental health professionals than white children.
Non-white students receive better mental health care; Scientists think mentally ill students aren’t crazy
The recent study also shows that numbers have dropped for groups of color with mental health issues. Black students consulted health professionals 47% less than white students. And Latinos 58% less. This may indicate an inequality of care, say the scientists. White students actually received three times as many outpatient mental health services, and substance abuse was a significant factor among white children.
Students with mental disorders of all genders have similar inequality issues, scientists say
Girls receive less care for mental health issues than their male counterparts. Scientists also found that girls received more mental health help than boys of all ethnicities. And imprisoning blacks and Hispanics also offers no help for mental health care. At least half of all inmates in prison have a mental health problem, as they were not treated before being arrested. This clearly highlights the source of growing outrage among minorities. A problem that begins in youth.