Diversity & Health Equity Education

African Americans

Rates of mental illnesses in African Americans are similar with those of the general population. However, disparities exist in regard to mental health care services. The resources below assist mental health providers serving African Americans as well as individuals interested the community.

Browse educational content specific or applicable to this patient population below:

Guides & Toolkits:

Best Practice Highlights: Working with African American/Black Patients

Learn more working with African American patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Mental Health Facts for African Americans

Rates of mental illnesses in African Americans are similar with those of the general population. However, disparities exist in regard to mental health care services.

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Mental Health Facts for Diverse Populations

Most racial/ethnic minority groups overall have similar—or in some cases, fewer—mental disorders than whites. However, the consequences of mental illness in minorities may be long lasting.

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Intimate Partner Violence: A Guide for Psychiatrists Treating IPV Survivors

Although IPV affects individuals across race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic background, minority women experience IPV at disproportionately high rates.

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Stress & Trauma Toolkit for Treating African Americans in a Changing Political and Social Environment

APA Member-Only Content. Recent cases of police brutality and divisiveness of the current sociopolitical climate are evidence of continued racial oppression and explicit and implicit biases against African Americans.

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