Should the government expand civic engagement programs to improve minority groups' access to mental health resources?

    "White Americans seem to be more vulnerable to certain psychosocial risk factors for a wide range of physical and mental health outcomes compared to minority groups. In other words, they are less resilient – less able to successfully adapt to life tasks in the face of highly adverse conditions." Shervin Assari, Research Investigator of Psychiatry and Public Health, University of Michigan 

    "This is a huge step and one we’ve been building toward since launching the emergency task force in April of 2019. When I began this work, it was out of a desire to bring federal resources to bear in what was clearly becoming a crisis – resources for awareness, for research, for education, and more. That’s what the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act is all about." Source: Rep. Bonnie Coleman (Democrat, New Jersey, District 12) 

    "The mental and emotional toll COVID-19 has taken on Americans has further exposed the long-standing racial disparities that exist for communities of color when it comes to accessing affordable, high-quality mental health services and treatment." Source: Sen. Bob Menendez (Democrat, New Jersey)

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