Mental Health Access is a Racial Justice Issue
August 30, 2021
My experience with the RAC Teen Racial Justice Fellowship was so amazing. I learned so many skills that were applicable to several different aspects of my life.
Mental illness affects millions of Americans; in fact, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental illness annually while 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a serious mental health disorder each year. Despite the widespread prevalence of mental illness, many people are still unable to access care, with an average delay of 11 years between the onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment. We are working to ensure our society recognizes that mental health is an essential component of overall well-being, and to urge our government ensures that all people have access to mental health care.