White college students get more mental health care than any other group, scientists say. Does this make white students more mentally ill? It’s hard to know if white students are simply getting more general care than other groups. However, scientists have found a clear divide between mentally ill white students and their black and Hispanic peers. The mental health gap in America is arguably as important as the many racially charged 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 behind mentally ill students. And racism is the root. The Harvard Medical School study compared data from 50 states between 2006 and 2012. The study looked at students ages 18 to 34, including those under the age of 18. The survey found that inequality is part of caring for non-white students. In fact, black and Latino children visited 37 and 49 percent fewer mental health professionals than white children.
Non-white students get better mental health care; Scientists think mentally ill students aren’t crazy
The recent study also shows that numbers have declined for mentally ill color groups. Black students have seen healthcare professionals 47 percent less than white students. And Latinos 58 percent less. This could indicate inequality in care, scientists say. In fact, white students received three times more outpatient mental health care, and substance abuse was a big factor among white children.
Mentally ill students of all genders face similar inequality problems, scientists say
Girls receive less care for mental health problems than their male counterparts. Scientists also found that girls of all ethnicities receive more mental health care than boys. And the incarceration of blacks and Hispanics doesn’t help mental health either. At least half of all inmates in prison have mental illness because they were left untreated before being arrested. This clearly highlights the source of the growing outrage among minorities. A problem that starts with the youth.