July is Mental Health Awareness Month. While it is all too easy to group together all minorities and make broad statements about their mental health, each minority group presents specific challenges to achieving equality in mental health. At the Strategic Behavioral Center of Charlotte, we understand these specific differences related to each community, which helps us effectively and rapidly treat all communities, including minorities.
Understanding the Differences of Each Minority Group
Blacks and African Americans
Blacks and African American communities show high rates of depression and suicidal thoughts. This can be attributed to poverty and cultural dismissiveness towards mental health problems. It can be seen as weak to acknowledge or talk about mental health. Additionally, this community often has trouble seeking help because of a distrust of authority coming from historical adversity.
The main obstacles preventing Latino Americans from achieving mental health equity are socio economic factors (high rates of poverty) and language barriers. According to research, Latinos are actually more willing to acknowledge and seek help for mental health problems than Whites. However, mental health facilities tend to mistreat or under treat bilingual and Spanish speaking patients simply due to the difference in language.
Similar to Latino Americans, Asian Americans experience difficulty in finding and receiving help due to language barriers, notably among first generation individuals. It’s true that second generation Asian Americans no longer have such an issue, but mental health can be a taboo subject for Asian Americans, which means that those suffering from depression or any psychological distress may not be willing to discuss about or seek help for psychological distress. Unfortunately, this results in many young Asian American females having much higher rates of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide.
While more research needs to be done to learn from the Native Americans and their cultural and personal views regarding mental health, we do know that they experience high levels of poverty, depression, and suicide (among younger populations). Culturally speaking, they often prefer alternative treatment or can be unaware of the possibility of professional treatment due to information not being available. Younger members are especially at risk for suicide and drug abuse.
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 Charlotte, we focus on young individuals aged 12 to 17 who need moderate to long term help.
PSYCHIATRIC RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY PRTF: This moderate long-term program helps those who have ongoing psychological distress and need more time in a safe and supportive environment. The program includes Seeking Safety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, “Seven Challenges” and principles of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Our goal is to stabilize and improve each patient’s clinical status so that they can eventually return to normal daily activities in their family, school, and community.
INSURANCE: We accept many insurance providers and we do all the work with the insurance. Additionally, we are flexible and supportive with payment plans because mental and behavioral health is infrequently part of our daily budget.
Call for a Free Confidential Assessment
If you have any questions or if you or a loved one is experiencing psychological distress, don’t hesitate to call us at (855)537-2262 to set up a free confidential assessment as soon as possible.