While minorities are most often grouped together with general statements being made about their mental health, each group has specific concerns and problems. Understanding these differences is an important way to start treating minorities. At the Strategic Behavioral Center of Raleigh, we understand these differences and would like to discuss them along with how we can help the minorities in our community.
Blacks and African Americans
Compared to Whites, Blacks and African Americans are more likely to experience depression and sucidal thoughts. Some common thoughts and misconceptions about depression and suicide as it relates to Black and African Americans suggest that it is weak to seek help from other people for mental health disorders, and people who admit to having mental illness can be seen as crazy by thier personal network group.
While Latino Americans do not have an aversion to receiving help, there are still many obstacles stopping them from having equal care. Because of socio economic factors (high rates of poverty) and language barriers, Latino Americans do not receive the treatment they need. Poverty causes more psychological distress and while Latinos are willing to acknowledge and seek help for mental health problems, bilingual and Spanish speaking patients are handled differently than Whites at mental health facilities, which leads to patients being mistreated or not treated at all.
Asian Americans include many different ethnic groups with many different cultures. However, as with Latinos, they experience difficulty in finding and receiving help due to language barriers. Because mental health can be a taboo subject for Asian Americans, those suffering from depression or any psychological distress are unlikely to discuss their problems or even attempt to seek out professional help. One saddening consequence is displayed in young Asian American females, who have much higher rates of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide.
There is still much to learn from the Native Americans and their cultural and personal views regarding mental health. What we do know is that their methods for dealing with psychological distress do not always fall in line with what is recommended by psychologists. They often prefer alternative treatment. Additionally, Native Americans can be completely unaware of other forms of treatment. Combined with high rates of poverty, these factors equate to an unfortunate and unequal reality among Native Americans.
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 tendancies to be more independent in their treatment, seeking out professional help can be much more effective. At the Strategic Behavioral Center of Raleigh, we focus on young individuals and have a variety of options for effective and personalized treatment.
INPATIENT: Aimed at patients aged 5-17, our impatient services help those experiencing acute behavioral problems who need a structured short term program. Our goal is to rapidly assess and treat these patients so that they can return to normal daily activities accompanied by supportive follow up treatment.
INPATIENT HOSPITALIZATION PROGRAM PHP: Focusing on adolescents aged 12-17, this is a comprehensive,short term program led by our multidisciplinary team. It includes daily assessments and treatments, including family sessions. Our goal is to cultivate skills to leak a more satisfying and productive life.
PSYCHIATRIC RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY PRTF: This is our long-term program helping those who continue to experience psychological distress and need more time in a safe and supportive environment. The program includes certified teachers and coordinated after care treatment with community providers.
INSURANCE: We accept many insurance providers and we do all the work with the insurance. Additionally, we are flexible with payment plans because mental and behavioral health is rarely a budgeted life event.
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.