An-Najah News - We can explore the impact of racism as a public healthcare hazard in the mental health arena after studies shows that a systemic racism based on people color and those belonging to other marginalized ethnic groups may not receive the mental health support they need.
For years, studies from around the world have shown that systemic racism blocks access to healthful lifestyles. Despite this, decision makers have done little to address these inequities.
Racism has forever been an obstacle blocking people’s access to appropriate formal mental healthcare. Future features will look at how racism has affected health and healthcare access in distinct marginalized groups more specifically.
As Prof. Hannah Bradby, a sociologist at Uppsala University in Sweden, explains in a 2010 paper in Sociological Research Online: Institutional racism upholds misconceptions and baseless assumptions about race and ethnicity, and it affects all official institutions, including those that offer mental healthcare.
As a solution an expand in funding for community mental health programs that serve underserved communities should be supported
and train clinicians to be anti-racist so they can recognize bias and discrimination in themselves and in the systems they work within and actively work against those forces.