Our culture, beliefs, sexual identity, values, race and language all affect how we perceive and experience mental health conditions. Cultural differences can influence what treatments, coping mechanisms and supports work for us. This page describes specific cultural attitudes toward mental health.
Understanding mental health disparities across racial/ethnic groups in the United States is becoming increasingly important to the nation's overall mental health status, as well as for understanding persistent barriers to mental health treatment. The discussion here covers theoretical frameworks and empirical research examining the roles of socioeconomic, sociocultural, and genetic factors in producing and maintaining disparities in the prevalence of mental health disorders and access to quality treatment.