July 10, 2019

Minority Mental Health Month


Mental health doesn’t discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Every year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, but background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. When trying to access treatment, marginalized communities have to contend with numerous barriers such as: ¬†access to treatment, language, lack of cultural competence, racism, bias, discrimination in treatment settings, lower-quality care and often times a belief that treatment will not help.


Below are some mental health facts from the Office of Minority Health:

  • Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition.
  • Almost 25% of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino.
  • Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic groups.
  • In the past year, nearly 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native young adults had serious thoughts of suicide.

(*Statistics from the year 2017)


Watch the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) docuseries: Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community. NAMI explores unique perspectives on mental health from the African-American and Latino communities.


The Center’s Mental Health Publications


Recently Added Resources:



60-Day Independent Review by Qualified Evaluators--Effective: July 1, 2019


Supporting Older Youth Beyond 18: Examining Data and Trends in Extended Foster Care


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Upcoming Events

Statewide Conference: 2019 Child Protection Summit,
September 4 - 6, 2019, JW Marriott, Orlando, FL


Registration is now open for the 2019 Summit. The Summit offers an extraordinary program of current and relevant training topics to further advance the knowledge base of child welfare staff in many critical areas of importance.


As the largest child welfare event in Florida, the Department anticipates the 2019 Child Protection Summit will be attended by more than 3,000 child welfare professionals and related partners, including: attorneys, case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators and supervisors, Child Protection Team staff, child welfare trainers, court staff, DCF staff, relative and non-relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, Guardians ad Litem, judges, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, educators, service providers, and youth.


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