Think about your typical day. What do you see around you? Most likely, you will see people of all ages, ethnicities and cultures. People speaking different languages, dressing in different kinds of clothing, eating different kinds of food.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, our population is becoming more diverse every day. The population of all race and ethnic groups, except for the non-Hispanic white alone group, grew exponentially between 2016-2017.
And today, the Hispanic population consists of about 59 million people, the African American population about 47 million, the Asian population about 22 million, the American Indian or Alaska Native population about 7 million and the Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander population about 2 million. That’s more than 90 million people around us who have unique experiences and perspectives.
As these numbers keep growing, it’s important that we not only understand cultural differences, but embrace them.
Use these tips from the American Psychological Association to be more culturally aware:
You can also take a Mental Health First Aid course. Mental Health First Aid offers tailored courses to meet the needs of specific populations and can help you better understand your community and peers. Get trained today and #BeTheDifference for those around you.