The social inequalities for risk appear to increase with age, and the social disadvantages of being Latino in the U.S. increase the risk for common mental disorders across a person’s lifespan.
Race & Ethnicity
In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report, Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, that documented substantial differences in mental health service utilization between non-Hispanic white adults and other racial/ethnic groups. The report also noted racial/ethnic differences in the types of services that are used. Moreover, the Surgeon General determined that not all differences in mental health service utilization resulted from personal preference. Rather, many of the racial/ethnic differences in mental health service utilization resulted from structural barriers, such as lack of transportation, low availability of care providers, cost, and insurance barriers.
From personal experiences as a first-generation, gay, Haitian-American cisgender male, all the intersections of my identities have impacted my journey with anxiety and depression. My experience with these conditions is not a character flaw or weakness–it is simply one of the rich layers of my identity.
Closely tied to race and ethnicity, “culture” refers to a group of people who share a set of beliefs, norms, values and attitudes. The culture we associate with influences what we think and what we do—especially when it comes to mental health.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – According to the National Institute of Mental Health, some of the disparities impacting minorities include limited access to services, underrepresentation in research, and inadequate care. In addition, over-diagnosis further marginalizes persons of color.
A variety of factors, including shallow community networks and language barriers, can compound the effects of postpartum mood disorders among immigrant women. Yet the research still falls startlingly behind.
“People are woke about it and want to talk about it, but nobody really wants to call to attention and use the platforms that they’re on to make a difference.”
Black people are being failed by the UK’s mental health services because of “institutional racism,” it has been warned. How does this affect those who experience it?
A new study tested the role of ethnic identity, social support, and anger regulation as potential buffers that may help offset the negative impact of discrimination on the mental health of Mexican-origin adolescents living in the Midwestern United States.
Finally, as a public health advocate, I understand that addressing community health does not just occur in the lab or the clinic. Social isolation is one of the major factors associated with poor mental health and risky behavior among LGBTQ folks.
In 2016, social media started a dialogue on Black men’s mental health using the hashtag #YouGoodMan following the disclosure of mental health issues by rapper Kid Cudi. In a post on his Facebook page, Cudi stated he was seeking help to treat his anxiety and depression. Research shows that African Americans often under-utilize therapy compared Read more
While the trigger (both literally and metaphorically) is the same, there is an aspect of these events that is frequently overlooked: the effects of the frequent police killings on black Americans’ mental health in the form of racial trauma, a psychological phenomenon that some experts say is similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Shaken by the Trump administration’s broad deportation orders, many immigrants are retreating into the shadows, forgoing screenings, medications and other essential medical care. Dr. Smith, a psychiatrist, picks up prescriptions at pharmacies, then meets patients at their homes to hand them the medications they require.
“I would like to [understand] how structural violence creates or perpetuates the state of psycho-social disabilities, of mental disabilities. How does structural violence create or add to the dysfunction that one experiences in their life?”
An analysis from the University of Texas System and UT Health Northeast shows that suicide rates among white Texas residents has been trending up since 2000. UT reports suicide rates for white people were more than triple the rates for black and Hispanic people in 2015.
In addition to licensed mental health professionals, we need more Black people who have a baseline understanding of mental health: more Black teachers who are trauma informed, more Pastors who can support those living with depression, and more Black activists who organize to challenge traditional mental health systems.
The impact of racism on the health of New Zealanders will go under the microscope thanks to an $800,000 research grant to Wellington researchers. Using data from the New Zealand Health Survey, researchers will spend the next three years working to determine whether racism leads to poorer health across all ethnic groups.
I don’t remember when I first noticed my mother’s depression. Nor can I point to the exact moment(s) in her life that triggered her illness. But I’m certain that poverty, motherhood, workplace stress, and deep-seated childhood traumas were contributing factors. In her most vulnerable moments, my mother found solace in her Bible.
In recent years, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Maryland have experienced similar traumas related to campus climate. In recognition that our individual experiences are part of a national conversation, The Daily Texan and The Diamondback exchanged editorials on the subject.
“Dear Elia, Sometimes I think of killing myself,” writes guest editor Mimi Khúc in a letter to her daughter, which serves as a note of introduction to Asian American Literary Review’s (AALR) mental health issue entitled Open in Case of Emergency.
The history of police use of force against people of color is as old as the nation itself, but it’s only recently that police are contending with another major factor in police violence: mental health.
The bill would require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to work with advocacy and health organizations serving AAPI communities to implement outreach and education strategies about behavioral and mental health.
“When you’re talking about feelings, talking in your native language makes a difference for sure,” the Aurora resident says. “When I am talking about certain feelings in Spanish, it’s (about) vocabulary and being able to gather the words to express yourself.”
“In my community we’ve always been taught ‘how are you doing? I’m blessed and highly favored’ you never say anything negative because you never want to paint a picture that something is wrong,” said Austin resident Quevarra Moten.
Only 1 percent of psychologists in the U.S. are Hispanic, meaning that Spanish-speaking men who do seek therapy will probably struggle to find it. In Baltimore, there is only one Spanish-language support group for men who suffer from anxiety and depression.
Contrary to the usual belief that the tribal population lives a more or less stress-free life and are immune to psychiatric illnesses, a recent study found prevalence of ailments and low quality of life among the tribals in the Araku Valley of Vizag district.
It is no longer okay for us as a community, or us as a nation to ignore the mental health crisis that is clearly going on with black men in America.
Structural racism, mass incarceration, and health care system fuel growing health inequalities in the US
The series highlights the urgent need for broad initiatives to address racism and inequality, as well as health reform that move towards a single-payer system, to address growing health inequalities in the USA.