Sunshine Behavioral Health, a substance abuse treatment center, reached out to La Jicarita with information the company formulated on mental health issues facing the Latinex community. I’ll attach the link to their “resource on mental health in the Hispanic-Latino Community (rarely discussed & with statistics)” at the end of the following overview of some of the issues they present on their web page. Disclaimer: La Jicarita is not advertising or endorsing Sunshine Behavioral Health as a treatment center.
• The Latinex community accounts for 60.6 million of the U.S. population and is the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country. Today, an estimated 45 percent of the Hispanic population is foreign-born while 31 percent are second-generation, U.S.-born. Consequently, many of the mental health issues facing the Hispanic/Latino community derive from the challenges foreign-born Latinos face versus the challenges U.S.-born Latinos face.
• Suicide is ranked second as a cause of death for Hispanics aged 15 to 34. Rates of mental health disorders run higher among second-generation Latinos compared to foreign born Hispanic immigrants.
• Rates of alcohol and drug abuse, including binge drinking and prescription pain pill abuse, run higher for Latinos struggling with mental health issues.
In a section called “Barriers to Mental Health Care Facing the Hispanic Community” the report analyzes cultural barriers, religion-based biases, language barriers, stigmas, access to mental health resources, health insurance, and substance abuse issues.
The report also provides a list of Hispanic/Latino friendly mental health resources.
• The Anxiety and Depression Association of America offers English and Spanish peer to peer support group forums where people can participate and interact anonymously: ADAA Online Support Group and ADAA Grupo de Apoyo en Línea.
• Therapy for Latinx acknowledges the stigma surrounding mental health problems and how difficult it is to find a therapist that understands the Hispanic culture. This site provides a way to search for Latino therapists that you can meet with using telehealth or person-to-person video sessions. With their search bar, you can look for a therapist by: Name, Specialty, Type of health insurance covered, Therapist by gender, and Payment type.
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• The SAMHSA National Helpline offers free, confidential, mental health, and substance abuse treatment referral services. SAMHSA provides both English- and Spanish-speaking phone assistance at any time of the day or night, even holidays: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Click here to go to the resource guide.