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Anti-Bullying Campaign Seeking Posters/Artwork

A campaign to raise awareness of bullying among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders is soliciting original artwork. The “Friends DO Make a Difference” campaign is seeking entries of posters that incorporate personal experience and understanding of bullying. If selected, the poster will become the face of the 2015 Friends DO Make a Difference Campaign and will be shared with college campuses and communities throughout the country.

The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA), East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), and OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates are working in partnership on the project. Stories, painful experiences and hopes are all welcome perspectives.
For more information, click HERE.

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NAMI – Diverse Communities: Latino

On the NAMI website, in the Diverse Communities section, there is of discussions about  common challenges many Latinos face in seeking mental health care and helpful information on how to access help.

Offerings include an overview on Mental Health issue and why proper and timely treatment matters. Recovery and hope are also highlighted in discussions, as well as some of the ways in which the Latino community is affected.

The page also investigates some of the possible barriers to treatment experienced by people in the community. Misunderstandings about mental health and stigma as well as concerns about privacy in general are considered. Language barriers and legal issues as well as the more practical concern of coverage are also discussed. The page also includes actionable suggestions for getting culturally responsive care.  Some of the questions suggested for providers include:

  • Have you treated other Latinos?
  • Have you received training in cultural competence or on Latino mental health?
  • How do you see our cultural backgrounds influencing our communication and my treatment?
  • How do you plan to integrate my beliefs and practices in my treatment?

The webpage also directs viewers to video and booklet resources:

  • NAMI’s Compartiendo Esperanza program. A 90-minutes program designed to increase mental health awareness in Latino communities by sharing the presenters’ journeys to recovery and exploring signs and symptoms of mental health conditions. The program also highlights how and where to find help.
  • Compartiendo Esperanza: No Hay Salud Sin Salud Mental: Through stories and quotes, this booklet provides mental health information in a sensitive manner. Recovery is possible and this booklet tells you where to find more information, seek help and be supportive. You can preview the booklet for free or buy hard copies through the NAMI Bookstore.

 

To visit the page on the NAMI website, click HERE.

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Study: Discrimination Hurts Latino Teens’ Mental Health 

The NYU study tracked the mental health of 173 Latino teens, surveying them during their last three years of high school.

Discrimination takes more of a toll on second-generation Latino teens than on to people who immigrated here, according to a study by New York University. In an article at NY Daily News, Erica Pearson writes that a study of 173 Latino teens in high school were more vulnerable to the strain caused by racism. Researchers at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development asked the s

Students were asked to rank how distressing they found racist jokes or insults based on their cultural background. Researchers then asked questions to assess for mental health issues. The study finds that in general, Latino kids who feel the strain of discrimination are more likely to be depressed or anxious, or to have difficulty sleeping.

To read the article at NY Daily, click HERE.

To visit the page on the study on the website for NYU, click HERE.

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