They are not Okay
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the African American community is 20% more likely to experience some serious mental health problems than the general population.
According to Mental Health America (MHA), the African American are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than white. African Americans teenagers are more likely (8.3% versus 6.2 %) to attempt suicide than are white teenagers.
Researchers have noticed the under-utilization of mental health services by minorities, African immigrants, refugee, and low-income and rural populations despite the existence and easier access in general to mental health resources across the country. They are many barriers that Black youth experience in seeking out mental health services. Those major obstacles include lack of trust in orthodox healthcare system, stigma, cultural mistrust, and attitudes and beliefs about mental health services in general.