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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Department of Health and Human Services

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services

Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
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How mental illness is experienced, expressed, and treated often varies according to an individual's age, gender, race, or ethnic background, as well as other cultural phenomena. David Satcher, Ph.D., the former Surgeon General, noted that "... a history of racism, discrimination and economic impoverishment can combine with mistrust and fear to deter minorities from using services and receiving appropriate care."

Learning more about the unique needs of racial and ethnic minorities can help healthcare providers, policymakers, educators and people with mental illnesses support recovery and reduce discrimination and social exclusion.

Information on this topic can be found in the following materials.

This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.