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One of the many factors that contributes to the disparities within mental health in the Latino community is lack of culturally accurate and relevant resources.
With this need in mind, Mental Health America (MHA) has launched a Spanish Mental Health Resource Center complete with Spanish-language resources and tools.
Let’s examine what these resources have to offer and why materials like these are important for Latinos.
Spanish Mental Health Resource Center
Fostering mental health awareness and support for all is crucial.
“Language barriers can make communicating with providers difficult, or even impossible, particularly when a person is seeking counseling for sensitive or uniquely personal issues,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “These topics can be difficult for anyone to put into words, but it is especially difficult for those who may not speak the same language as a potential provider.”
Through MHA’s Spanish Mental Health Resource Center, Spanish speakers are able to access a multitude of educational tools and information like terms to know, risk factors of mental illness, and symptoms among other guidance.
MHA highlights various mental health resources for Latinos including:
Visit MHA’s website to for more information and mental health tools.
Latinos and Mental Health Barriers
“The Latinx/Hispanic community faces unique institutional and systemic barriers that may impede access to mental health services, resulting in reduced help-seeking behaviors,” according to MHA.
Young Latinos experiencing mental health issues also experience many barriers to care.
Factors such as cultural stigma, immigration status, and lack of health insurance or inadequate insurance are just a few of the challenges that can stand in the way of young Latinos getting the treatment and help they need.
“A provider who understands a patient’s culture and needs will know culturally specific information,” according to NAMI.
If you or someone you know needs help, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988, help is available in both English and Spanish. A chat option is also available through 988lifeline.org.
Examining the Health of Your Community
Taking care of one’s mental health is important, no matter the age, race, ethnicity, or background and contributes to your overall health.
But what about where you live? Where can you look to find out more about the health of a community?
Look to the Salud America! Health Equity Report Card.
With this report card, you can explore local, Latino-focused information on what your county looks like in relation to several health-related issues including mental health, housing, transportation, and more.
See how your county compares to other counties across the state and the nation.
Use the data you find to educate others and share it with local leaders and groups to advocate for change in your area