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.

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

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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 … Continue reading Mental Health Myths Harm the Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities

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

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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, … Continue reading Suicide Risk and Risk of Death in Veterans

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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 … Continue reading National Behavioral Health Barometer

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

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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 … Continue reading Spanish Language Suicide Prevention Website

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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 … Continue reading Spanish language anti-stigma website for mental health Source

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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 … Continue reading Fotonovelas: Healthy and Happy Families Start Here

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