Mental_health_culturex_race_ethnicity

Mental_health_culturex_race_ethnicity - M ENTAL H EALTH : C...

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Unformatted text preview: M ENTAL H EALTH : C ULTURE , R ACE , AND E THNICITY A S UPPLEMENT TO M ENTAL H EALTH : A R EPORT OF THE S URGEON G ENERAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES U.S. Public Health Service U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2001). Mental Health: Culture, Race, and EthnicityA Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General . Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Message from Tommy G. Thompson Secretary of Health and Human Services As a nation, we have only begun to come to terms with the reality and impact of mental illnesses on the health and well being of the American people. This groundbreaking publication makes clear that the tragic and devastating effects of mental illnesses touch people of all ages, colors, and cultures. And though Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General informed us that there are effective treatments available for most disorders, Americans do not share equally in the best that science has to offer. Through the process of conducting his comprehensive scientific review for this Supplement, and with recognition that mental illnesses are real, disabling conditions affecting all populations regardless of race or ethnici-ty, the Surgeon General has determined that disparities in mental health services exist for racial and eth-nic minorities, and thus, mental illnesses exact a greater toll on their overall health and productivity. Diversity is inherent to the American way of life, and so is equal opportunity. Ensuring that all Americans have equal access to high quality health care, including mental health care, is a primary goal of the Department of Health and Human Services. By identifying the many barriers to quality care faced by racial and ethnic minorities, this Supplement provides an important road map for Federal, State, and local leaders to follow in eliminating disparities in the availability, accessibility, and utilization of mental health services. An exemplary feature of this Supplement is its consideration of the relevance of history and culture to our understanding of mental health, mental illness, and disparities in services. In particular, the nation-al prevention agenda can be informed by understanding how the strengths of different groups' cultural and historical experiences might be drawn upon to help prevent the emergence of mental health problems or reduce the effects of mental illness when it strikes. This Supplement takes a promising first step in this direction. One of the profound responsibilities of any government is to provide for its most vulnerable citizens....
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