Though millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with a mental health condition each year, many minority Americans face added challenges, such as lack of access to care, cultural stigma, discrimination and lower quality of care.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established to raise awareness, support and advocacy about mental illness, its effects on racial and ethnic minority populations, and disparities in mental health care. To mark the end of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Healio Psychiatry has collected stories relevant to minority mental health research for psychiatrists.
Policymakers urged to improve perinatal depression treatment for minorities
In a position paper published in Women’s Health Issues, researchers issued policymakers a “call to action” to address the high rates of perinatal depression among Latina and African-American women in the United States, urging funding to properly train health care providers in diagnosis and treatment. Read more.
Police killings of unarmed black Americans damages population mental health
Police killings of unarmed black Americans have a negative impact on the mental health of black Americans in the general population, findings published in The Lancet revealed. Read more.
American Indian/Alaska Natives who commit suicide younger, live in rural areas
American Indian/Alaska Native suicide decedents were more likely to commit suicide at a younger age and live in a nonmetropolitan area compared with non-Hispanic white residents of 18 states, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Read more.
Sexual minority adolescents more likely to consider, plan, attempt suicide
Sexual minority adolescents were significantly more likely to report that they considered, planned or attempted suicide compared with heterosexual teenagers in the United States, according to 2015 national survey data published in JAMA. Read more.
Latino parents experience psychological distress due to US immigration laws
Changing immigration policies in the United States have caused many Latino parents of adolescents to experience high levels of psychological distress, according to findings published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Read more.
Early intervention reduces likelihood of alcohol misuse, abuse in Latino teens
A family-focused, substance abuse prevention intervention conducted in middle school reduced the likelihood of alcohol use disorders among Mexican-American teenagers 5 years later, research published in JAMA Psychiatry showed. Read more.
Denial of services linked with mental distress among same-sex couples
Laws in the United States that permit same-sex couples to be denied services were associated with a 46% increase in adult sexual minorities experiencing mental distress, according to data published in JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers noted that such laws currently exist in 12 states and are under review by the Supreme Court. Read more.
Risk for depression, suicide drops when transgender youth use chosen names
Study findings published in the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that young transgender persons who used their chosen name at work, school and home instead of the name given to them at birth reported fewer depressive symptoms and less suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Read more.