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Mental Health Issues

Addressing Stigma in Culturally Diverse Communities (August 20, 2003): A teleconference of the Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.

This powerpoint presentation addresses the mental health problems that can emerge as a result of discrimination and stigma in certain ethnic communities. The speakers were:

  • Henry Acosta, M.A., M.S.W., L.S.W., Project Director, Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics
  • D.J. Ida, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
  • Laurene Finley, Ph.D., Multicultural Training and Research Institute, Temple University

The presentation is divided into three sections: Hispanics, Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI), and African Americans. For each section, there is a background on demographics, followed by information about challenges faced by that group, such as underutilization of mental health services and language barriers. Finally, each section ends with recommendations and goals for helping that group overcome the mental health issues associated with discrimination and stigma. The full presentation is available by clicking here.

Additional archived teleconferences/trainings on the topic of stigma and mental health are available by clicking here