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Minority mental health statistics released

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This is the first of a two-part column. The second part will run July 11.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI National), mental illness affects one in five individuals in America. African Americans are no exception.

Mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Mental illness often results in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

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