This article is part of the World Economic Forum on Latin America The Latin American region has seen significant social and economic changes over the past 50 years.
Bythe number of Hispanics in the United States is projected to grow to million, or 31 percent of the population. Of all of the nations of the world, only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.
Hispanics have a Mexican background, followed by 9. Latinos are highly concentrated in a few states in the U. Hispanics also constitute significant percentages of the population in states such as Arizona, Colorado, and Washington.
Overall, 63 percent of Latinos have graduated from high school and 13 percent have graduated from college. Twenty-five percent of Hispanics live in poverty. Attitudes While some believe that Latinos have a negative attitude toward mental health care, and that this explains lower access rates when compared to non-Latino whites, there is very little recent research examining this issue or supporting this view.
Lifetime prevalence rates are more than 50 percent for non-Latino whites born in the U. Among immigrants, Cuban Americans, Mexican Americans, and other Latinos all have lifetime prevalence rates below 30 percent.
Despite these generally lower rates, according to CDC data reported in : Latino high school males are just as likely to report suicidal thinking as non-Latino whites Latino high school females are more likely to report suicidal thinking than non-Latino white females As the CDC data suggest, young Latino females are nearly twice as likely as males both to think about suicide and to attempt suicide.
Treatment Issues Inthe American Psychological Association noted that while one in five Americans identifies as Hispanic, only one percent of psychologists identified themselves as Hispanic. APA went on to note that while 70 percent of non-Hispanic whites return for a second appointment after an initial visit to a psychologist, on 50 percent of Hispanics do.
The American Psychiatric Association digested several recent studies in a fact sheet. Bilingual patients are evaluated differently when evaluated in English versus Spanish, and Hispanics are more frequently undertreated than are whites. In addition, in AprilMental Health America launched a suite of online mental health screening tools on its website www.
In analyzing a sample of over 50, screens, MHA found that significant percentages of Latino respondents indicated that they would either self-monitor their mental health or seek guidance from a peer. According to US Census dataprior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 30 percent of Hispanics lacked health insurance, versus 11 percent of non-Hispanic whites.Culturally Competent Care for Latino Patients Karen Peterson-Iyer The material in this section is part of a larger project by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics on culturally competent care; that is, health care that is sensitive to the differing values and needs of cultural subgroups within our pluralistic society.
This page focuses on the common challenges many Latinos face in seeking mental health care so that you know how to find help. while you might prefer finding a Latino mental health professional, this is not often possible because there are a small percentage of Latino providers.
NAMI’s Compartiendo Esperanza is a minute . The goal, say the experts, is to improve mental health care in the region and to ensure that more Latin Americans have the possibility of defeating that black dog that follows many of them everywhere.
The Spanish language and culture are common bonds for many Hispanic Americans, regardless of whether they trace their ancestry to Africa, Asia, Europe, or the Americas. The immigrant experience is another common bond.
Nevertheless, Hispanic Americans are very heterogeneous in the circumstances of their migration and in other characteristics. To understand their mental health .
NAMI’s Compartiendo Esperanza is a minute program to increase mental health awareness in Latino communities by sharing the presenters’ journeys to recovery and exploring signs and symptoms of mental health conditions.
The program also highlights how and where to find help. in community, clinical and epidemiological research on Latino mental health issues. Pathways to Care 5 Mental Health Issues in the Latino Community 6 socioeconomic status than U.S.
born Mexican Americans, their mental health is.