Category Archives: Underserved Populations

Stanislaus County Utilizing Promotoras to Improve Community Health

Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services in partnership with the Prevention and Early Intervention program funded by Proposition 63, the promotora network, comprised of 6 networks provide more than just cultural sensitivity services but aims to improve overall health of the community.

Read more here.

California MHSA Multicultural Coalition State of the State Report II: Armenian & Deaf/Hard of Hearing Communities

This State of State report II aims to bring awareness to statewide and local policy makers, mental health service providers and community advocates about communities that have not been surveyed in previous efforts. Key informants from  the Armenian American and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) communities expressed lack in community resources and culturally competent services.

Read the full report here.

Mental Health Myths Harm the Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities

Myths that propagate the vision of Asian American and Pacific Islander people as impervious to mental health issues are dangerous to them and also hurtful to other people of color, according to Julie Feng, on website “The Body is Not an Apology.”  When faced with her own surprise at hearing of the mental health challenges of a friend, she challenged this response and, in this blog entry, delves into the stigma around mental health which prevents people in this community from discussing mental health challenges.

She challenges the view of Asian Americans as more self-contained than other races, not only as a form of benevolent racism that harms other people of color, but as a justification to continue pretending that these problems do not exist in the community. She discusses the number of people who need treatment but do not seek it, not only because treatment can be difficult to access because of barriers including language and knowledge, but also from shame.

Her heartfelt call to action includes an appeal to advocates including family, doctors, teachers and friends to be aware and ready to help. She invites everyone to take place in finding answers to these problems, first by making the commitment to do better.

Read the blog here.

Check out the Body is Not an Apology website here.

FREE Online Course on Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals

This free, online, interactive course for health care professionals provides a conceptual framework for military culture and its impact on psychological health and treatment. It also covers the most common stressors in military culture and their impact on service members and Veterans. The course includes a self-assessment tool for military culture competence, and a checklist that incorporates the cultural vital signs introduced in the course. Participants receive a total of eight continuing education credits.

View the course HERE.

Suicide Risk and Risk of Death in Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Public Health has created an infograph to highlight the findings of a recent study of veterans.

Among deployed and non-deployed veterans who served during the Iraq or Afghanistan wars between 2001 and 2007, the rate of suicide was greatest the first three years after leaving service, according to the study. Compared to the U.S. population, both deployed and non-deployed veterans had a higher risk of suicide, but a lower risk of death from other causes combined. Deployed veterans also had a lower risk of suicide compared to non-deployed veterans.

View the infographic HERE

National Behavioral Health Barometer

SAMHSA has released a new report providing data about key behavioral health issues including rates of serious mental illness and substance use, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The report shows the data at a national level as well as for each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

For instance, the Barometer shows more people are getting the help they need in some crucial areas. The number of people receiving treatment for a substance use problem has increased six percent from 2009 to 2013.

You can find the report HERE.

Special Issue of Psychological Services focuses on Mental Health Care Disparities among Ethnic Minorities

In a special issue of Psychological Services, published by the American Psychological Association, there are 13 articles on how primary care that includes mental health screenings and treatments that take into account a patient’s language and cultural background can help address mental health care disparities among ethnic minorities.

Find a synopsis of the articles written in the issue HERE.

You can purchase the issue or individual articles HERE.

Spanish Language Suicide Prevention Website

Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources.

The Know the Signs campaign has a Spanish-language website with resources and information in Spanish.

To access this website, click HERE

Spanish language anti-stigma website for mental health Source

Stigma and fear of discrimination are serious obstacles for people seeking help for mental health challenges. The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is working to reduce
stigma associated with mental illnesses by de‐bunking myths and educating 9‐13 year olds about mental wellness. The Walk In Our Shoes campaign utilizes real stories from teens and young adults to teach youth about mental health challenges and mental wellness.

The multifaceted campaign uses positive, authentic and appropriate stories as an educational tool for youth. These stories are told through an interactive website, school‐based theatrical performance, and a statewide public education campaign, which are all designed to reduce stigma and promote a resilient and realistic perception of mental health challenges and the real people who experience them.

The Spanish-language version of the campaign, Ponte en Mis Zapatos, directs youth to the interactive website,, where visitors can explore and experience true stories of real people who have experienced hope, recovery and resilience in the face of mental health challenges.

To access the site, click HERE

Fotonovelas: Healthy and Happy Families Start Here

The “Healthy and Happy Families Start Here”/“Una Familia Feliz y Saludable Comienza Aquí” fotonovela series is available for distribution. Created as part of CalMHSA’s Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative – Latino Family Outreach Project, the series includes three fotonovelas created to help increase awareness of mental health challenges and promote understanding and acceptance among Latino families with young children.

Fotonovela booklets are 5 in. x 7 in. Each fotonovela booklet (Education, Faith and Health) is inclusive of BOTH English and Spanish content.

For more information including how to order, click HERE