Despite the progress made in discussing mental health openly, there remains a significant disparity in addressing the unique challenges faced by underrepresented communities. For example, depression is likely to be more persistent in minorities despite experiencing lower rates of depression.
Here’s how you can support mental health and promote health equity for underrepresented youth in Richmond, Viginia.
From racial disparities to cultural expectations, there are many barriers that may prohibit underrepresented classes from talking about their mental health challenges. Some of these same challenges may also be the culprit behind their feelings of distress. Be sympathetic and understand these issues don’t have quick fixes.
Share your openness to talk about these issues with your acquaintances. Ask questions to better understand their feelings. Respect their culture and values about mental health, even if they differ from your own. Showing you care can make a difference.
Search for and share resources on mental health for underrepresented youth that can help. This might be free online resources, a local counselor, or a psychiatric youth treatment center for serious concerns.
Hallmark Youthcare specializes in professional mental health services for youth. It is our belief that supporting teens now can help them lead healthier, happier lives as adults. Our residential treatment programs provide a safe space for youth of all backgrounds to openly share their experiences without the stigma that comes with mental health issues. Contact us today to learn more.
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