1 in 3 Latinos in the US fear that their children will be discriminated against if they claim to have a mental health problem

El 45% de los padres hispanos está de acuerdo en que sería muy/algo importante que el tratamiento esté disponible en español.

45% of Hispanic parents agree that it would be very/somewhat important for treatment to be available in Spanish.

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Roughly one in five parents in the United States feel their teens’ mental health is worse now than it was before the pandemic.

Hispanic parents in particular say their children have problems, according to the latest Univision investigative study for demonstrate how culture and ethnicity have impacted the identification and treatment of mental health conditions in Hispanic adolescents.

The study showed that adolescents in general were having a difficult time, but lHispanic teens were less likely to seek helpreceive a diagnosis, or receive treatment than non-Hispanics.

To discuss these results, Univision hosted an exclusive webinar with a select panel of experts to discuss how to effectively address the adolescent mental health crisis in the Hispanic community.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United States explained that Latinos along with African Americans have substantially less access to mental health and substance use treatment services.

“As a proud Latino, I know that in our community there has been and continues to be a some stigma around mental health as a sign of weakness and probably the biggest obstacle it’s that people still don’t recognize mental health as equal and on a par with physical health,” he said.

The national study was conducted earlier this year to learn how children’s mental health has changed after the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was run online and compared Spanish-speaking Hispanics with non-Hispanic parents of children ages 6 to 12 years and adolescents ages 12 to 17 years. The webinar focused specifically on the study results for the adolescent population.

Important findings on the mental health of Hispanic adolescents

Study found that 49% of Hispanic parents feel that it would be very/somewhat helpful to get information about mental health problems and treatment for their children in Spanish.

45% of Hispanic parents agree that it would be very/somewhat important for treatment to be available in Spanish.

Yet while nearly 80% of parents of teens say they know where to go for help, Hispanics are less likely than non-Hispanics to use and trust professional resources.

When asked why they weren’t able to find treatment, Hispanic parents were more likely to agree that professional help didn’t seem right for them, or that they were worried about privacy or someone finding out.

Hispanics are more likely to think that their views of their children would worsen if they had mental health problems.

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