Thursday, June 2, 2011

Examining Cross Cultural Barriers to Mental Health Services in the United States

Attribution Some rights reserved by eren | thisvintagechica
As evidenced by the overwhelming positive response to our 11th Annual Conference, Embracing Diversity: Cultivating Respect and Inclusion for a Stronger Mental Health System, cultural competency is an important factor of the current mental health landscape. A fascinating article published by The Dana Foundation, "Cross-Cultural Barriers to Mental Health Services in the United States," discusses "some of the barriers, cultural and otherwise, that prevent...access to care, and...provide[s] some recommendations for solutions."

 In detailed sections, the article discusses specific cognitive, affective, value orientation, physical and structural barriers to treatment that can be experienced by individuals dealing with mental illness. The article also offers recommendations for future research and policy changes.

For more information about current mental health issues, be sure to visit our website and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contributed by Lora M. Dziemiela, Program Secretary

No comments: