December 2, 2006
Study on Immigrant Access to Mental Health
Newcomers with radically different beliefs about mental health, such as Hmong refugees from Southeast Asia, have had to reconcile their different understanding of the causes of mental illness.
Doctors and others who work with immigrants say being in a new country, without the support of family and surrounded by a foreign culture can be a real psychological hardship.
A National Latino and Asian American Study, concluded by December 2003 with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health suggested that recent Hispanic and Asian immigrants had a lower incidence of mental disorders than Americans, but accessed help far less often. Click here.
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Is this leading to a proposal for free mental health care for immigrants? I don't know how our forefathers coped without mental health clinics. As if the offer of citizenship isn't enough, I suspect that some of you obsessors on the subject of immigration are about to suggest funding free mental health programs as well. The fact is that 40 percent of citizens in this country, most of them born here, have no health insurance at all, and you concern yourselves with recent immigrants! If some of these new immigrants can't cope here, perhaps they'd feel more comfortable back in their former homelands.
Posted by: Horace | Dec 2, 2006 1:05:05 PM