Latino community reels under double impact of coronavirus and mental stress
Among the more disadvantaged sections of the American society, the pandemic has hit the Latino community harder. Not only is the pandemic taking a physical toll as more and more Hispanics fall ill due to the virus, but a significant number are suffering from serious signs of mental distress also.
This was evident in a recent report published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report was based on the results of a web-based survey of 885 respondents. The other key results of this report were:
- 52.1 percent reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral healthsymptom.
- 18.6 percent of those surveyed reported that they had considered taking their lives in the past 30 days.
- 21.9 percent reported that they had started or increased substance abuse to cope with the stress
- 35.1 percent of the respondents reported that they had struggled with COVID-19-related trauma or stressor-related disorder (TSRD).
The report also indicated that compared to whites orAsians, the Hispanic community had higher risks of distress symptoms mentioned above.
Large percentages of essential workers and caregivers are Latinos
As a significant chunk of the Latino population are essential workers or adult caregivers – who are more likely have an adverse mental health condition, according to the CDC report, the Hispanic community across America feels more vulnerable, isolated and alone.
This was reiterated by Frederick Sandoval, executive director of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association, who while talking about the huge emotional pressure the pandemic has put on the Latino population said that they’re impacted more because they are not going to be getting “the services to the extent that they could or should because of social determinants that create challenges in terms of limited access to resources, access to transportation, limited income.”
A little empathyandsensitivity is what is required
The CDC study is a wakeup call for everyone involved with mental health. It is a reminder that mental health has to be made top priority once again. As far as the vulnerable sections of the society are concerned, the pandemic has proved what happens when affordable care is not within everyone’s reach.
According to Pamela Greenberg, President and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, communities like the Hispanicswere already worse off as they lacked health coverage. And with the pandemic hitting the world, their limited access to the medical facilities reduced even further.
As the problems of the Latino community are quite specific, it is necessary that they be provided culturallyresponsive treatment in the language of their choice. Many, especially the older generation, would find it hard to acclimatize to the modern American ethos.
Also virtual counseling and telemedicine can be of help and with little costs it can accomplish a lot – reach out to people who have been the hardest hit, including women.But, what is required the most is a bit of empathy and sensitivity towards a section that has been predominantly involved in the delivery of essential services across America during the pandemic, as nurses, deliverymen, ambulance drivers, etc., without concern about their own health and plight.
Seeking help for mental health
Mental health is as important as physical health. However, a lot of us tend to ignore it. Depression afflicts more than 19 million American adults every year. It can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, social standing, and ethnic background. Major depression can lead to severe impairment, interference with or limiting one’s ability to perform daily activities. If left untreated, depression or anxiety can develop into a chronic disease and affect a person’s relationships, official commitments, social circle, and much more. Therefore, one must seek professional intervention at the earliest.
If you or a loved one is exhibiting depressive symptoms or symptoms of anxiety, seek professional help immediately. Get in touch with the Texas Depression Treatment Help that assists in accessing the best depression treatment centers in Texas that specialize in delivering evidence-based depression treatment programs. Call our 24/7 helpline number (866) 827-0282 or chat online to know more about depression treatment in Texas.