Whether it's behavioral, anxiety, mood, personality or psychiatric, mental health disorders manifest in many forms. However, non-white youth often face damning obstacles when seeking access, assessment and treatment. Barriers that negatively affect mental health access include cultural barriers (e.g., stigma, causal beliefs), culturally unresponsive services (language and ethnic discordance, poor cross-cultural understanding), limited access to care (cost, lack of insurance c
There have been several important studies of Latino mental health in recent years, including the Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey (MAPSS) Study and the National Latino and Asian American Study. Some key issues that have emerged from these studies include: •Overall, Latinos experience lower rates of most mental health disorders compared to the general U.S. population. For example, approximately 25% of European Americans met criteria for any depressive diagnosis
Mental Health America works nationally and locally to raise awareness about mental health and ensures that those at-risk for mental illnesses and related disorders receive proper, timely and effective treatment. MHA incorporates culturally competent strategies to ensure that it is effectively addressing the treatment and psychosocial needs of consumers and families with diverse values, beliefs, sexual orientations, and backgrounds that vary by race, ethnicity and/or language.
Compared with all other racial groups, non-Hispanic Native American adults are at greater risk of experiencing feelings of psychological distress and more likely to have poorer overall physical and mental health and unmet medical and psychological needs (Barnes, Adams, & Powell-Griner, 2010). Suicide rates for Native American adults and youth are higher than the national average, with suicide being the second leading cause of death for Native Americans from 10–34 years of age
What should counselors and psychologists do to make sure their work with Native Americans is culturally appropriate and effective? They should, among other things, build relationships with local Native communities,incorporate attention to spirituality into counseling, and reduce administrative obstacles to receiving care. These recommendations were among those made by mental health professionals who responded to a survey on best practices in counseling Native Americans in ear
More than 3.4 million South Asians* live in the United States, many of them professionals who entered the U.S. following the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This first generation achieved the “American dream” as a result of education, and their children benefited from their parents’ privilege. Despite the success, South Asians and their children may experience a variety of psychological challenges due to immigration and assimilation issues, as well as developmental,