How to Tackle Mental Health Issues in Spanish-Speaking Communities


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More than 16% of Hispanic adults experienced a mental illness during the previous year, and communities of color are more likely to lack access to care to meet their behavioral health needs, according to federal data.

This makes mental health awareness important in Hispanic communities.

That’s why the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health offer new Spanish-language resources:

  • The website en Español offers access to resources and information about prevention, treatment, and recovery from mental health conditions.
  • The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health (Diálogos comunitarios acerca de la salud mental) helps communities start vital conversations about mental health. The toolkit includes: an Information Brief, a Discussion Guide, a Planning Guide, and the “Mental Health in my Community” infographic.

These materials were developed based on feedback and input from partners and communities across the country following the June 2013 National Conference on Mental Health to highlight avenues for wellness and recovery.


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