Each year Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place during the first full week of October, and those seven days offer a firm opportunity for advocates to fight stigmas, provide support, and educate the public on mental illness condition.
UCLA researchers determined that Latinos/Hispanics and African Americans are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and chronic disease, likely due to cumulative discrimination, trauma and community violence.
Whether it's behavioral, anxiety, mood, personality or psychiatric, mental health disorders manifest in many forms. However, non-white youth often face damning obstacles when seeking access, assessment and treatment.
Foreign nativity and immigration are chief players when it comes to incidents of mental illness. Moreover, levels of acculturation have ties to the development of mental health conditions and disorders within the Latino community.
Bipolar disorder, a manic-depressive illness that's known to cause bewildering shifts in activity levels, mood, energy and ability to carry out daily tasks, does not allude the Latino community. However, treating the long-term disruptive condition is a matter of assessment and treatment. As well as the education of the Latino community.
California lawmakers announced Tuesday that they plan to propose gun control legislation that places restraints on gun-violence in order to prevent future massacres much like what happened last week in Isla Vista, California.
Following the tragedy that occurred near the University of California at Santa Barbara on Friday, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) raised concerns Sunday about the necessity for background checks on firearms and improving the mental health of U.S. citizens.