The social stigma of mental health and discrimination of LGBTQ folks continue to hinder our community from enrolling in services. People of color, transgender individuals, immigrants, refugees, and undocumented populations experience even higher levels of bias, stigma, and discrimination. Coupled with the lack of culturally competent care, many avoid seeking services altogether. Approximately 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year while only 40% of which are actually receiving services. Not to mention, multicultural communities use mental health services at half the rate of their white counterparts, which tells us we have work to do.
“Approximately 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year while only 40% of which are actually receiving services.”
During our 50th year of service, SCS will be launching a year-long anti-stigma initiative. This initiative will encompass all of our signature events, fundraising and outreach efforts, and it will emphasize education, engagement, and community collaboration to end stigma and discrimination.