Archived 02/02/2017

The 2015 Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults chartbook combines results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2008 to 2012 to present national estimates of mental health service utilization among adults aged 18 or older within different racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

Major Findings

  • Mental health service use varies across racial and ethnic groups. White, Native American, and mixed race adults were more likely than other racial or ethnic groups to use mental health services.
  • Cost and lack of insurance coverage were noted as the most common reason for not accessing mental health services across all racial and ethnic groups.
  • Black adults were twice as likely to use inpatient mental health services as Whites.
  • Estimates of prescription psychiatric medication use in the past year were highest for white adults (14.4 percent), adults reporting two or more races (14.1 percent), and American Indian or Alaska Native adults (13.6 percent).


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