Prevalence of depression among African American men ranges from 5% to 10%, as they face a number of risk factors, such as anxiety, social injustice, homelessness and unemployment. Yet evidence shows lack of access and low use of mental health services.
Consequently, depression among African American men should be at the forefront of our research, practice, and outreach agendas.
Depression is a mood disorder often accompanied my sadness, discouragement, guilt and above all hopelessness. Science and data are beginning to link mental health decline to COVID-19 pandemic response measures and racism.
We have clearly seen the link of COVID-19 response in the African American communities in regards to vaccine hesitancy, and as the pandemic enters it's second year, the gap in health disparities are palpable. In addition, as structural racism continues to exploit our underserved communities and cost of the lives of African American men explodes and it is taking a toll on their mental health.
If you know anyone who may be exhibiting signs of depression and is seeking help. Please contact Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA's National Helpline 1-800-662-4357. It is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.