Mental health can be defined as a state of well-being in which the individual recognizes his or her own potential, can cope with normal stressors, can work productively and effectively, and is able to make an impact in the community. Mental illness on the other hand refers to a wide range of mental health conditions, associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work, or family activities. Examples include depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors. Why is this important? In order for children to grow, learn, and lead productive lives children need to be healthy yet African American children are seen as the most at risk group, “encountering a myriad of environmental and psychosocial …show more content…
Internal barriers include: stigmatized and misapprehended cultural beliefs, myths, and attitudes. African Americans are not aware of how serious the issue is and accordingly are not properly educated on topic. Passed experiences regarding misdiagnoses and deficient treatment has made the topic of mental health almost an afterthought. Another issues lies within the underrepresentation of African Americans working as psychiatrists, psychologist, and social workers. The need for more black representatives is high. External barriers include: economic and availability concerns. A lot of African Americans don’t have access to facilities providing mental health treatment, nor do they have health …show more content…
African Americans are overrepresented for many mental illnesses yet we’re underrepresented for seeking help. “Research confirms that A/A children tend to be less likely than their White counterparts to be referred for individual therapy – rather group or peer counseling.” African Americans see talking to a therapist as embarrassing and a waste of time and money whereas Caucasians are more open to experiencing therapy and sharing this information with others. “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it.” One’s education can open so many doors and provide opportunities never thought possible. We live in a world where African Americans are automatically put at a disadvantage from birth. Getting a proper education is key in breaking down barriers. That being said parents play a major role in influencing what type of education their child will receive and how well they’ll take and utilize the knowledge. African Americans need to become more parents involved in the school system and in the development of their child’s education in and out of
Mental health disparities, “the power imbalances that impact practices influencing access, quality, and outcomes of behavioral health care, or a significant disparity in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, or survival rate in a specific group of people defined along racial and ethnic lines, as compared with the general population” (Safran, 2011). Although there are many mental health care dipartites, I’m going to focus on the impact of poverty and lack of attention given to mental health. By advocating for a prevention, promotion, and intervention related to mental health, will aid in minimizing mental health disparities. Not only is it important to advocate on a macro level, but it is important to educate
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Mental health is an important part of the overall health well-being for children. Childhood mental health disorder can affect children and their families causing a long-term impact on the parents and other family members as well as the child themselves. Mental disorders are described as chronic health conditions. These are disorders that can go on for a long period of time, that may continue throughout the lifespan. Without early diagnosis and treatment, children with mental disorders can have problems at home and in school. These problems can continue into adulthood for the child and cause other healthy development and delays.
Psychological distress, acculturation, and help-seeking attitudes were all measured using specific indexes and scales set for the point of interest. The hypotheses of this research was that even within the African American community, one would find disparities in the treatment of psychological issues – just based on the method of acculturation used, and their views on society. There are 4 basic modes of acculturation: traditionalist, assimilationist, integrationist, and marginalist. It is thought that the integrationist acculturation strategy is the best for optimizing and maximizing well-being. Although there is not a difference in the number of African Americans that have mental health problems when compared to European-Americans, the percentage of those who seek professional mental health services due to emotional distress is representatively lower. The rate at which African Americans receive psychological help services is half as much as that of European Americans – there is a need for an explanation of that statistic. The goal of this paper is to determine the reasoning behind the help-seeking disparities in African Americans and the field of psychological health. In order to make health services fair, we must first understand the reasoning behind why or why not one would seek out professional help in the first place. Understanding ethno cultural attitudes and other cultural variables will allow the health care field to better relate and help all people more uniformly and to the best of their needs.
Adolescents that are the minority are confronted with their ethnicity at an earlier age then Caucasian adolescents majority and they are constantly aware of ethnic differences, which means it is of greater importance to understand the development of the minority individual. It should lead to different assessments when it comes to ethnic identity. For example, African American adolescents are psychologically compared to Caucasian American adolescence diagnoses, which are sometimes inaccurately assessed. Bronfenberner explains the theoretical perspective such as the ecological perspective by saying, The implications for clinical treatment of African American adolescents, mental health workers must be sensitive to the ecological context of their clients. Mental Health workers must realize that th...
Mental illness is an increasing problem in America. Currently about 26.2% of Americans suffer from a mental disorder. A mental illness/disorder is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functions. Mental illness can affect humans of any age, race, gender and socioeconomic status. However the care that is needed to effectively cure and help the people affected by the illness is not equal for everyone here in American, especially for African Americans.
...quently diagnosed with schizophrenia than other races, which can primarily be attributed to misdiagnosis. This misdiagnosis is a result of diagnostic tools that fail to properly take cultural differences into consideration, as well as a lack of education on how to interpret these cultural differences. African-Americans are also less likely to seek and receive specialized treatment for cultural and economic reasons. Black patients benefit most from treatment by those in their own ethnic group, as well as clinicians with a mindful awareness of cultural differences and the justified mistrust of psychiatric care. Going forward greater research and attention should be given to the kinds of treatments that work best for African Americans. Improved education of clinicians will also help curb misdiagnosis and elevate the mistrust felt within the African American community.
Mental health care disparities can be rooted in inequalities in access to good providers, differences in insurance coverage, or discrimination by health professionals in the clinical encounter (McGuire & Miranda, 2008). Surely, those who are affected by these disparities are minorities Blacks and Latinos compare to Whites. Due to higher rates of poverty and poor health among United States minorities compared with whites. Moreover, the fact that poverty and poor health are
In today’s society, the stigma around mental health has caused many people to fear seeking medical treatment for problems they are dealing with. With an abundance of hateful outlooks and stereotypical labels such as: crazy, psycho, and dangerous, it is clear that people with a mental illness have a genuine reason to avoid pursuing medical treatments. Along with mental health stigma, psychiatric facilities that patients with a mental health issue attend in order to receive treatment obtain an excessive amount of unfavorable stereotypes.
The mental health stigma has become a prevalent issue in the world of medical care. It can prevent people from receiving proper medical care and the quality of care people may receive. Stigma is defined as members of groups who violate the norms established by the dominant or privileged group and, as such, are marked as deviant (Jr. and Kite). Stigma can also lead to discrimination. The way we can try and diminish the severity of the stigma is to create transparency and openness about mental illness. Seeing that people are not defined by their disorder and can be successful regardless of the diagnosis. That they are not defined by their diagnosis they just have and suffer with the disorder. Also promoting education about mental health issues can diminish the myths about these issues thus lessening the amount of stigma. I have seen instances on our own campus in which they could have promoted counseling and mental health among the student body. I think the staff body could have took a more proactive approach to mental health. Instead of waiting until after students committed suicide and trying to fix the problem they could actively be promoting it regardless of the instances on the university campus. There are two different types of stigma; public and self-stigma. These stigmas can have different effects on the individual. Everyone has mental health and raising awareness about it and eliminating the stigma can help the world learn how to discuss and change this problem.
Mental illness should be taught in schools to let children and teens know that it’s real and not uncommon. Most think that mental illness is a rarity and happen to someone else but them. Mental Illness is actually widespread throughout the country. Three to five million kids ages five to seventeen are affected by mental illness each year and nearly 9.3 million over 18 are affected each year, The most common disorders being depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anorexia, etc. Mental illness should be taught in schools because many teens have mental illness and don't know how to deal with it or what it is. some even go to extremes as to hurt themselves or others in cases, to temporarily rid the pain
Systems in the Mental Health genre have failed to provide adequate care to people of color. This was so profound that laws and mandates on how people were being treated was created and changed for safety and security reasons. Families are frustrated and distrustful due to prior abuse by the prior abuse.
Children are a crucial part of society. They participate in almost all aspects of a society whether it is in schools, community activities, or in the workforce. However, not all children develop the same skills and are granted the same opportunities as others because of a mental illness. Mental illnesses are as serious as physical illnesses and they negatively affect a child’s life. There are a variety of mental illnesses children may have with different levels of severity; mental illnesses hinder childhood development, and they affect a child’s social and home life.
Mental health is just as important as physical health in a person’s life. Mental health is critical to a person’s well-being, their ability to live a productive life and to keep a healthy family and interpersonal relationships. Mental health does not just affect the mind it also affects people’s physical health. Some physical health diseases can cause a mental health disorder and vice versa. Mental health disorders are associated with the occurrence, development, and outcome of some of the today’s most chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. When people go untreated from a mental health disorder are at a higher risk for many unhealthy behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, violent behavior, and suicide.