Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use among Adults

Screenshot 2015-07-29 13.34.55Adults who are white, American Indian or Alaska Native, or identify as two or more races are more likely to use mental health services than any other ethnicity, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The report estimates the utilization of mental health treatment and services in the U.S. within different racial/ethnic groups, showing notable differences. It also found that adults who are white, American Indian or Alaska Native, or identify as two or more races report using prescription medication at higher rates than other groups.

Additionally, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians rank lowest in using outpatient mental health services. Rates of inpatient service use, however, were higher among blacks than Hispanic, white, and Asian adults.

Data for the report come from the 2008–2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.