Mental Health Disparity Among Latinos

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Outline Mental health disparity among the different ethnic groups in the United States has been highlighted for years. The Latino or Hispanic population suffers the greatest disparity among all the other ethnic groups. Latinos are unable to get access to major services like cultural competent care. Living conditions for Latinos is usually in poverty stricken area with limited access to psychiatric care. Latinos are also likely to be without insurance coverages. Added to this, most Latinos with a mental health disorder will be reluctant to seek medical assistance because of stigmatization. These reasons have contributed to an increase in mental health disorders and the disparity that is seen in their communities. This is a major social justice …show more content…

The most important of these is the lack of access to mental health services the Hispanic population experience. They are affected by mental health problems at rates that are similar or higher to those of the general population (APA). They are therefore a very high-risk group because of the disparities they experience in seeking social services and following up with treatment. Hispanics are the highest minority population in the United States. It has therefore taken the attention of major stakeholders because of the lack of social services that are available to them, especially those with mental health. For example, the Surgeon General in 2001 made a report titled Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, in which he stressed on the need to eliminate disparities in the utilization of mental health services among Latinos as a top priority. He concluded that the disparities they experience have contributed to major depressive disorders among them and has led to chronic illnesses. It has led to a high degree of functional limitation among them than among other populations. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) also contributed to this discussion in its report titled Unequal Treatment. They defined disparity as differences between racial-ethnic minority groups and whites that have contributed to both socio-economic and health care disparities that are for most of the time against …show more content…

One of the goals of Healthy People 2010 is to eliminate health disparities among groups. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR), has been leaders of the Healthy People 2010 initiative to eliminate disparities among racial groups. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) also contributed to this debate by providing definitions and statistics on this issue. Finally, the National Healthcare Disparities Report further gave evidence on this topic and the need to do something to change the situation. All these organizations have seen huge differences that the different communities or populations experience in mental health today in the U.S. All of them have the firm conviction that Latinos suffer a great disservice when it comes to accessing mental health services and they are also in agreement that this disparity needs to change and has therefore decided to make an input on this

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the latino or hispanic population suffers the greatest disparity among all the other ethnic groups in the united states.
  • Argues that latinos should be made aware that seeking immediate treatment from a mental health professional is best for anyone suffering from the disorder.
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