“People with a keen sense of black consciousness mistrust (mental health) institutions, so they refuse to seek treatment,” said psychology associate professor Rheeda Walker, whose research focuses, in part, on mental health in black communities.
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.
Even with the ‘wind down process’ described by the administration, the implications of this action for medical students, residents and researchers with DACA status will interfere with their ability to complete their training and contribute meaningfully to the health of the nation,” said the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Did you know that Latino children are far more likely than their peers to suffer from depression and other mental health issues that often go untreated? This has big implications for San Antonio, which has a majority Latino population.
African Americans endure more intense and frequent mental and behavioral health issues than their counterparts, at least in part related to poverty and exposure to racism and discrimination, both of which disproportionately affect minorities.
Kwasi Seitu, 62, says he doesn’t have post-traumatic stress disorder. Instead, he says, he has suffered from constant traumatic stress since he was a kid.
Mexico’s top diplomat on Tuesday said his country is taking steps to ease the return of young immigrants whose deportation protection is being rescinded by the Trump administration, but he also acknowledged they would prefer to stay in the United States.
Undocumented life in America is hard on the mind and body. Poverty, precarious employment, poor access to health care, discrimination and trauma from the migration itself often lead to disorders like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In terms of race-based discrimination, the scientific literature is especially clear that both overt and covert forms of racism are related to poorer mental health for Peoples of Color.
“It’s a serious matter. It’s not something you can just forget ― that you can just brush off. It’s lingering. It cuts into peoples’ thoughts about their place on this planet,” Lydia Li told HuffPost. “[Race] might be a social construct, but discrimination really does affect peoples’ lives.”
Surveys show that nonwhite students are often more stressed than their white classmates, but experts say they’re less likely to seek psychological help. This further complicates efforts to increase the proportion of black and Hispanic students who succeed in earning college and university degrees, and who graduate at rates lower than whites.
Those who feel rejected from their heritage culture can be left feeling alone and unsupported. This has been linked with depressive symptoms, poor well-being and greater stress.
Those who study human behavior attribute hate speech more to deep personality issues than to a diagnosable mental illness. But they’re also intrigued by how the white supremacy movement is rebranding itself for the 21st century.
He’s walking on the edge of an abyssal, black lake, painfully aware of what lies beneath the water. Ominous waves keep crashing ashore, reaching for him. That’s how Ravi Ragbir sees the trauma that engulfs his long and scarring deportation battle.
Are we seeing the emergence of a nationalist movement fueled by prejudice or a widespread personality disorder that requires psychiatric care? Answering that dredges up long-held notions about racism in America.
As a mental health foundation, hatred such as that which erupted in Charlottesville undermines everything that we and our philanthropic peers hope to achieve: a world in which past and present inequities are no longer a barrier to individual health and happiness.
Within the Pakistani-Muslim community in the United States, the attitudes towards mental illness have remained as negative as ever. Among the uneducated or superstitious, mental illness is a supernatural affliction, possibly from djinn possession.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities announces recipients for the inaugural William G. Coleman Jr., Ph.D., Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award
This competitive award seeks to support innovative research ideas and concepts – proposing potential for high impact in areas of minority health and health disparities research.
July is Minority Mental Health Awareness month. Formed in 2008, it’s meant to help shed light on what still needs to be improved when it comes to access and treatment for minority groups. And for one Round Rock woman who has battled mental illness for more than a decade, there are ways to manage.
In an effort to begin tackling the startling rate of deaths, lawmakers are expected to pass a bipartisan bill expanding the scope and timeline of the state’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. For Thierry, the most important issue is why black women are dying at such high rates compared to other groups.
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.
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.