By Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler

November 16, 2016


Traditionally, many black people have viewed participating in mental health

treatment as inconsistent with their cultural behaviors, attitudes, beliefs

and social practices. Going to therapy is "something white people do" and

telling your problems to strangers is close to criminal.


As a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at

Northwestern University, I conducted an analysis of data from the National

Epidemiologic Study of Drug and Related Conditions of 6,587

non-institutionalized black adults with psychiatric conditions nationwide

and found that those who more strongly identified with being black were less

likely to receive mental health services.