Recognizing Heavy Drinking Among Minorities this Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Annum is pausing to recognize National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month this July. Mental health conditions impact all of us in unique ways, but particularly impact communities of color due to a number of reasons including limited access to effective care, as well as various higher social, environmental and economic risk factors, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
At Annum, we recognize that mental health conditions do not discriminate; however we are aware that background and identity can make it more challenging for some to access the care they need.
In terms of alcohol use, heavy drinking seems to be increasing among the elderly and certain minority groups, according to JAMA Psychiatry. And over the period measured by a JAMA study, “the prevalence of alcoholism among Americans over 65 jumped 67% though from a low base. Among black Americans, it rose 93%: a larger share of blacks than whites are now considered to suffer from alcoholism. Women are also hitting the bottle harder.”
Heavy drinking can occur alongside many psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression. Heavy drinking can also worsen underlying depression. If you or someone you know is impacted and suffering from heavy drinking and/or the aforementioned mental health conditions, we advise to seek available help and support. At Annum, we hope advocacy periods of time - like Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - raise further awareness around issues that impact individuals everywhere.