Mental Health Care : Stigma And Health Disparities Essay

908 Words Nov 11th, 2015 4 Pages
A growing clinical issue related to access to and utilization of mental heath care is stigma and health disparities, specifically related to different race backgrounds. The American Psychological Association (APA) declares the need for “increasing the number of racial and ethnic minority mental/behavioral health professionals and creating a culturally competent workforce to meet the needs of the expanding minority population of the United States” (American Psychological Association (APA)). Not only does the current healthcare workforce not reflect the diversity of our country, but also minority groups lack comprehensive and easy access to the same, quality mental health care of those in the white majority (APA). The growing unequal access to mental health services, compounded with the stigma of mental health in minority populations, is especially obvious and problematic in the Metro DC area. The juxtaposition of my nursing education at one of the nation’s top universities, with some of the wealthiest students, and the presence of food deserts, rising HIV/AIDS prevalence, substance abuse, etc. just a few miles from campus does not escape me. In clinical at PIW, the unequal access to quality care, the increased stigma of mental health issues, and the lack of a supportive environment in Southeast DC are very apparent. Not only are these issues prevalent, but they also make it harder for minorities with mental health issues to live healthy, normal lives. There are many actions…

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