Join Access Local as we participate the annual NAMI Walk this year in 2018. Many people from all over come together to show their support for people with mental illness.
Why are black and Hispanic young adults receiving about 50 percent of the mental health treatment resources that their white counterparts have? A recent study from the International Journal of Health Services completed research across all fifty states to reveal many facts about minority mental health problems.
For example, young adult Latinos and blacks are making fifty-eight and forty-seven percent less visits respectively to any mental health specialist when compared to white young adults. This is despite the fact that mental health problems between the black, latinos, and white communities are almost statistically equal. So why the discrepancy? One out of many explanations which researchers tout as a reason for the difference involves the stigma surrounding mental illness.
“Because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, many cultures don’t want to admit they have mental health issues or that it’s in their family, for fear of being ostracized by their community,” says David Bain, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Sacramento. “Typically, they keep the issue a secret and do their best to deal with the situation alone without help or information from outside the family unit.”
Hispanic parents have reported fewer mental health problems regarding their children, but the study reveals that families are underusing mental health treatment options. There are many reasons why they would abstain from mental health treatments, but as previously stated, Hispanic youths suffer as much mental health problem as white youths but are being disproportionately affected by it.
Another fact to consider is that very often white students receive counseling and therapy for behavioral issues while black students get excessive punishment instead such as suspension. The reason for this could range from institutional racism to cultural differences or the social economic status of the school. However, the facts remain, black students are suffering from the same mental health problems as whites but do not get the same luxury of treatment.
For more information about how you can deal with mental health illness, you can visit NAMI Sacramento. For the study, click here.
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When people are sick, they are supposed to go to the doctor and get treated. Whether it’s a cold or a broken arm, a doctor can prescribe medicine or put a cast on you. But what do you do if the sickness is your feeling? Many people consider themselves weak when they think they have depression or a mental illness. Let the doctors tell you otherwise.
Last Monday, President Obama launched a national conversation on mental illness. His administration estimates that there are 45 million Americans currently suffering from some sort of mental illness.
President Obama would like people to reduce the stigma on mental illness and for more people to come forward if they’re suffering from of some type of mental illness such as depression, post-traumatic stress, and schizophrenia.
President Obama said, “We all know somebody — a family member, a friend, a neighbor — who has struggled or will struggle with mental health issues at some point in their lives.”
Also on that day, a website, mentalhealth.gov, was launched to help aid people suffering from mental illness and for people who have received help to share their success stories so other people will forward.
Ruth Sauceda, a lunch lady at Hiram Johnson High School’s cafeteria said, “I think it’s sad because imagine everyone you see is out to hurt you or you can’t trust anyone because of what you’ve been through.”
Sauceda thinks that their should be more awareness about mental health and law enforcement especially should be more careful.
“Just imagine all the mentally ill people who have been killed or injured by law enforcement because of the state of mind they are in, if we are aggressive now imagine someone that isn’t in their complete state of mind,” said Sauceda.
The President’s ultimate goal is for people to not be scared of coming forward with their mental illness.
“We need to see it that men and women who would never hesitate to go see a doctor if they had a broken arm or came down with the flu, that they have that same attitude when it comes to their mental health,” said Obama.
Locally, Sacramento was chosen as one of five pilot sites for mental health awareness conferences. On July 20th, residents will have a chance to participant in a day-long dialogue at the Sacramento Convention Center. Accesslocal.tv will cover the event.