1 in 5 Latinos have experienced a mental health challenge. However, Latinos are one of the groups least likely to seek help for mental illness due to reasons which include language fluency, cultural barriers and access to health coverage. A 2001 Surgeon General’s report found that only 20% of Latinos with symptoms of a psychological disorder talk to a doctor about their concerns and only 10% contact a mental health specialist. Several stressors impact the mental health of Latinos, including job security, separation of families and deportations.
Conversely, studies found that once a Spanish-language Latino person received support to identify a mental health challenge they utilized services more than non-Latinos. The resources below provide information to assist in mental health awareness, suicide prevention and reaching youth. To download a PDF with the resources listed below click here.