Advancing Equity in Mental Health


Mental health is a critical aspect of our overall well-being, yet access to mental health care is not equitable for all. Disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location, among other factors. These disparities can lead to significant differences in mental health outcomes.


  • Prevalence of Mental Health Issues: Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year (National Institute of Mental Health).
  • Access to Care: According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), only 43% of adults with mental illness received treatment in 2021 (National Institute of Mental Health).
  • Disparities in Care: Ethnic and racial minorities are less likely to receive mental health care. For example, 48% of white adults with mental illness received treatment, compared to 31% of Black adults and 22% of Hispanic adults (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
  • Cultural Competence: Studies show that culturally and linguistically responsive care can significantly improve mental health outcomes. Yet, only a small percentage of mental health professionals receive adequate training in cultural competence (American Psychological Association).

We are proud to collaborate with a diverse group of partners who share our commitment to mental health equity. Together, we work to break down barriers to care and create a more inclusive and supportive mental health system.

To learn more about mindful resources, visit our resources page.

Together, we can make a difference and advance equity in mental health for all.

Ivy Child TeamAdvancing Equity in Mental Health