Hoy Health Highlights Barriers to Mental Health Care for Hispanic Communities Recognizes July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
While anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background, at times cultural identity can make access to mental health treatment more difficult. This July, during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Hoy Health is urging everyone to help raise awareness about the millions of Americans who face the reality of living with a mental health condition. This is especially important among underserved and minority communities where mental illness can be exacerbated by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.
Mental Health Challenges for Hispanics
While Hispanic individuals are at lower risk of most psychiatric disorders compared with non-Hispanic whites, U.S.-born Hispanic citizens report higher rates for most psychiatric disorders than Hispanic immigrants. Studies have shown that older Hispanic adults and Hispanic youth are especially vulnerable to psychological stresses associated with immigration and acculturation.
What’s more, Hispanic individuals are more likely to report poor communication with their health provider. Several studies have found that bilingual patients are evaluated differently when interviewed in English as opposed to Spanish and that Hispanic people are more frequently undertreated.
Common barriers to treatment include:
- Lack of insurance or inadequate insurance
- Lack of knowledge/awareness about mental health problems and services available
- Cultural stigma associated with mental illness
- Lack of culturally tailored services and culturally competent mental health professionals
- Shortage of bilingual or linguistically trained mental health professionals
Join the Fight!
This awareness campaign makes the month of July an ideal time for all Americans to focus on helping to spread the word and support advocacy activities. Share minority mental health awareness information, images and graphics for #MinorityMentalHealth throughout July.
America’s entire mental health system needs improvement, including when it comes to serving marginalized communities. Learn more about how you can get involved with Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
For more information, visit https://www.hoyhealth.com/.