Feb 23, 2019 | Updated: 08:52 AM EST

Blacks Are More LIkely To Suffer Anxiety, Depression & Other Mental Health Problems Compared To White Men

May 09, 2017 04:51 AM EDT


Black people or those of African-Caribbean descents are more likely to experience mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The Mental Health Foundation study said that 23.4 percent of blacks are suffering "bad" mental health. Asians and white people have lower rates, placed close to each other at 15.1 percent and 14.1 percent respectively. Albeit their significantly lower number, it is interesting that Asian respondents only has 6 percent who described their mental health condition as being "good."

The age bracket of respondents is also playing a huge factor in the risk of deteriorating mental health. Some of the respondents admit that they went as far as being admitted to a hospital. Those who are aged 55 years below, across blacks, whites or Asians have higher tendency to suffer anxiety and depression. In fact, 70 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds and 68 percent of 35 to 54-year-olds are particularly prone to mental health problems, according to BuzzFeed.

Come to think of it, there is a previous research that supports the theory of ethnicity-mental health correlation, as enumerated by the Mental Health Foundation. Black men are said to be 17 times more likely to suffer anxiety and depression compared to their white and Asian counterparts. This number is also prone to suffer "serious" mental conditions.

Meanwhile, a London-based rapper Malick Denton airs his laments on how intolerable the black people are to mental health problems. He said that black men were raised to be tough and sometimes it is taking its toll. Anxiety and depression are among the most common effects.

Another problem that results in escalating impact is the social taboo on mental health problems. Many black men, even the white and Asian counterparts are less likely to be diagnosed early because of fear of social repercussions. However, people like Malick are slowly organizing groups that expand awareness and share their experiences from anxiety and depression. Hopefully, these moves can help in understanding and prevention of mental health problems.

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