Resources From #MinorityMentalHealth Chat

July is Minority Health AwarenessMonth

Last week I had the opportunity to join not one but two Twitter chats that focused on Mental Health specifically, Minority Mental Health. Why? Because mental health is a subject that most may shy away from and is also an issue plaguing minority communities. Mental Health especially when it comes to minority mental health is a taboo subject. Organizations like, Witnesses to Hunger, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and EmpowHER are just a few of the organizations trying to break the mental health taboo.

Below we’ve listed some of the Resources we gathered from #HERChat as well as some questions from both organizations chat on Minority Mental Health.

RESOURCES

1.The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Help Center, @glbtNatlHelpCtr, is available at 1-888-843-4564 #HERchat

2. Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network can be reached at 1-800-656-HOPE #HERchat

3. a Mental Health and Coaching organization in Houston, TX : (713) 871-1004  

4. Erasing The Distance, Organization that shares mental health resources in Chicago, IL:  872.529.1383

5. If you or someone you know is considering self-harm, please get help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

Improving your Mental Health(Self Care) and Understanding Mental Illness Articles

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The Impact of Mental Health Treatment on Low-Income Mothers’ Work

 

QUESTIONS

  1. What are some issues facing minority mental health today?
    1. Access to proper/professional health care providers i.e transportation, medical insurance
    2. Distrust of system based on history. Certain communities in past have been abused by medical professionals.
  2. How does mental health differ among various races and ethnicities?
    1. LGBTQ individuals are more than 2x as likely to develop a mental disorder. Check out this infographic:
    2. Blacks are more likely to suffer from PTSD due to being a victim or witness of crimes or injustice
    3. American Indians experience some of the highest rates of substance use/mental disorders compared to other U.S. ethnic groups.
  3. How does hunger/food insecurity affect one’s mental health and treatment?
    1. Hunger is linked with costly chronic diseases and poor mental health, among other outcomes.
    2. Often low-income individuals are forced to choose between medicine & food.
  4. How does living in poverty affect one’s mental health?
    1. Lack of financial means to be properly diagnosed. Also, everyday survival is priority so mental soundness is overlooked
    2. Aside from the stress, it leads to misdiagnoses. Clinicians see survival/coping mechanisms as symptoms

 

Fav Question:How is racism affecting mental health?

A8. Something that impacts someone many miles away may impact all of us. More on racism & mental health: http://nyti.ms/29ORzWe #HERchat

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