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Barriers to Mental Health Care for The Latino Community

  • Stigma: Most of the Latino community does not talk or are educated about mental health issues. Many Latinos do not seek treatment because they don’t recognize the signs of mental health issues or don't know where to seek help. Others do not seek care due to the fear of being labeled as “loco” (crazy). Many Latinos believe that being diagnosed with a mental health condition can bring "shame" to the family.

  • Language Barriers: Language barriers can make communicating with doctors extremely difficult. Most medical professionals do speak some Spanish, but only in parts of the country with a large Latino population. You have the right to receive language-access services at any institution that receives funding from the federal government. You also have the right to receive forms and information in Spanish.

  • Lack Of Health Insurance: According to The Affordable Care Act (ACA) In 2020, 32.6% of people identifying as Hispanic have no access to health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is trying to make it easier and more affordable for people to get insured.

  • Misdiagnosis. Cultural differences may lead doctors to misdiagnose Latinos. For example, Latinos can confuse the symptoms of depression as “nervios” (nervousness). Many doctors who are not aware of how cultural influences impact the patient's view on mental health may not recognize that it could be signs of depression.

  • Legal Status. For immigrants who arrive without documentation, the fear of deportation can prevent them from seeking help. Even though millions of children of undocumented immigrants are eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, many families are still afraid to register.

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