The African American community is no different from other communities when it comes to mental health. Yet, it faces disparity when it comes to access to quality care. This disparity can be attributed to three reasons; lack of resources, lack in quality of care and a stigma surrounding mental health in the community.
The stigma exists from lack of trust in the medical system, lack of services that are culturally aware and the need for privacy. All of these concerns coming from the community are legitimate. Black folks are more likely to be misdiagnosed with schizophrenia due to the lack of understanding on part of the physician about how distress is expressed in the community.
Rather than being offered psychotherapy or medication, African American folks suffering from mental health have to rely on emergency treatments. They are not provided complete information about available options for care. Those whose mental health continues to worsen face incarceration in their future.