It is important to understand that minority communities include many different populations with different cultural, personal, and historical views related to mental health. To effectively treat any patient, understanding these different views is paramount, especially with minorities who currently do not experience equality in mental health. At Montevista Behavioral Health, we fully understand the specifics of each community, including minorities, which makes our personalized treatment more effective.
Understanding Mental Health Fundamentals for Each Minority Group
Not all minority groups experience the same obstacles. Understanding each group’s specific situation is vital to treating their mental illness.
Blacks and African Americans
Blacks and African Americans experience high levels depression and suicidal thoughts. Due in part to historical adversity and systemic racism, this group experiences poverty more than Whites, which adds to their psychological distress. In fact, the Office of Minority Health shows that Blacks and African Americans below the poverty line are three times more likely to report having a mental illness as those above the poverty line. Coincidentally, because of their cultural approach to mental health in general which deems individuals as weak or crazy if they admit to having mental health problems, Black and African Americans are less likely to seek out professional help.
Contrary to Blacks and African Americans, studies show that Latino Americans are in fact more willing than Whites to discuss and seek out professional help for mental health problems. However, socio economic factors and language barriers stand in their way. More and more resources are available in Spanish, but it is still more difficult to be informed without speaking English. Additionally, bilingual and Spanish speaking patients are not treated equally at mental health centers and their conditions can sometimes not be treated at all.
Asian Americans also battle against language barriers to receive equal care. However, as opposed to Latinos, Asian Americans are less likely to seek help from professionals because mental health in general can be considered taboo. One consequence of these factors is the elevated rate of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide among young Asian American females.
Culturally, Native Americans often prefer alternative treatments or are unaware of the benefits of professional treatments. Native Americans also experience high rates of poverty which increases their chances of being depressed. Research shows that young Native Americans show more signs of suicidal behavior and drug and alcohol abuse than Whites.
Trained psychologists and psychiatrists at mental health facilities are paramount to treating all mental health issues, including depression. While many minority groups show tendencies to be more independent in their treatment, seeking out professional help can be much more effective. At Montevista Behavioral Health, we have a variety of options for fast and personalized treatment.
ADULT AND ADOLESCENT: We have physicians and team members specifically trained for either adult or adolescent mental illness. Our goal is to assess and treat acute mental health problems with impatient services so that individuals can return to daily activities with continued, coordinated care.
RED ROCK BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HOSPITAL FOR SENIORS: This stand-alone, 21 bed facility accommodates the elderly and their specific needs related to mental health. Family involvement is paramount to treating our older patients.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES: This voluntary inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation program combines social and medical treatments to achieve the best results.
PSYCHIATRIC RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER: This program focuses on adolescents aged 12 to 17 who experience acute behavioral problems and need long term support and treatment in order to safely return to their families, schools, and communities.
OUTPATIENT: We use our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to help stabilize and improve the lives of adult patients who need help, but not 24 hour support and treatment. Patients attend programs during the day and return home at night.
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If you have questions or need professional help with mental health, please call us at (702) 251-1371 to set up a free confidential assessment.