BIPOC Mental Health Awareness

Contributor II

What Does BIPOC Stand for?


BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, refers to marginalized communities and minority groups. This term utilizes a racial equity and intersectional perspective to gain a better understanding of the diverse range of experiences that individuals and families with varied values, beliefs, and sexual orientations may face, which includes factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, and language.


Why does BIPOC mental health matter?


Individuals marginalized by those in power, including people of colour, have different life experiences compared to those who have not been devalued.


They often face overt racism and bigotry, which can result in a mental health burden more significant than others.


Racism is a mental health issue because it can cause trauma, which is a direct link to mental illness that needs to be addressed seriously.


Did You Know?


Native and Indigenous Americans report higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol dependence than any other ethnic or racial group.


2.7 million Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders have been diagnosed with a mental health and substance use disorder.


Adults who identify as Black are 20% more likely to report experiencing severe psychological distress than their White counterparts.