Community-Defined Solutions for Latino Mental Health Care Disparities
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Author: S. Aguilar-Gaxiola, G. Loera, L. Méndez, M. Sala, Latino Mental Health Concilio, and J. Nakamoto
Publisher: UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities
Report commissioned by the Office of Multicultural Services, California Department of Mental Health examining the mental health problems existing among Hispanic residents in California. Report found the most prevalent mental health conditions to be anxiety, depression, and substance and alcohol misuse. Insufficient amounts of providers fluent in Hispanic's native languages, lack of awareness of availability of mental health services and stigma associated with mental illness were found to be barriers to Hispanic residents seeking care. Recommendations include: developing a culturally competent mental health workforce and generating funding to help community organizations create mental health programs.