Minorities experience a higher rate of mental health problems while having less access to mental health facilities. In fact, the month of July is Minority Mental Health Awareness month. However, minorities include many different groups and understanding these differences is an important way to start treating minorities. At the Strategic Behavioral Center of Wilmington, we understand these differences and have a wide range of treatment options to help. First let’s discuss some of the differences seen in minority groups.
Blacks and African Americans
Poverty plays a large role in mental illness and stress. Blacks and African Americans have higher rates of poverty because of historical adversity and systemic racism. The Office of Minority Health indicates 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. Because Blacks and African Americans disproportionately experience poverty, they experience much more psychological distress than do Whites.
Due to socio economic factors (high rates of poverty) and language barriers, Latino Americans do not always receive the professional help they need. Poverty causes more psychological distress and while research shows that Latinos are in fact more willing to acknowledge and seek help for mental health problems, bilingual and Spanish speaking patients are not treated the same as Whites, which leads to patients being mistreated or not treated at all.
As with Latinos, they experience difficulty in finding and receiving help due to language barriers. Asian Americans suffering from depression or any psychological distress are unlikely to discuss their problems because mental and behavioral health can be seen as a taboo subject in their cultures. Consequently, research shows that young Asian American females have much higher rates of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide than do Whites.
There is still much to learn from the Native Americans and their cultural and personal views regarding mental health. What we do know is they have high rates of suicide among young members of the community and experience much higher levels of PTSD and substance abuse at young ages. Given that Native Americans can be unaware of other forms of treatment, they do not seek professional help as often as other groups.
Our Treatment Methods
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 the Strategic Behavioral Center of Wilmington, we have a variety of options for effective and personalized treatment.
INPATIENT: This program aims at helping individuals of all ages who are suffering from an acute behavioral health problems and require short term hospitalization. We also have discharge planning and coordination with outpatient services.
ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENT PROGRAM: This program is designed specifically for patients of all ages who cannot be maintained safely in their communities. We deal with patients exhibiting significant risk of suicide, serious depression, extreme anger, psychotic or bizarre behavior, assaultive behavior, and/or serious impairment in their ability to perform daily tasks.
PSYCHIATRIC RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM: This program offers long term treatment for adolescents aged 12-17 who have ongoing emotional and psychologic distress. Each patient has individualized treatment, and the program includes certified private school teachers.
SEVEN CHALLENGES SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT: This program has been increasingly effective at helping hard to reach adolescents with substance abuse problems. The program is highly individualized so that each patient’s cultural and personal background is taken into consideration.
Call to Set Up a Free Confidential Assessment
If you have any questions or know anyone who is experiencing psychological distress, call us at (855)537-2262 to set up a free confidential assessment as soon as possible.