Studies show minority groups have higher anxiety, depression levels

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July is “Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.” Studies have found minority groups have higher levels of anxiety and depression.

Dr. Kia-Rai Prewitt a psychologist with Cleveland Clinic, says there are many reasons, including lack of access to health care.

“If they have poor health, then that’s also going to have an impact on their mental health, and so if you’re not getting the appropriate treatment for your diabetes, for example, it’s natural that you’re also going to have anxiety,” said Prewitt. “If you can’t afford to pay for the prescriptions for the treatments to manage your diabetes, that can also contribute to anxiety.”

For those who may not be able to afford therapy or other types of treatment, there are many free resources available online.

It’s also important for people to open up to those they trust, so you don’t have to suffer in silence.