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A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Boys and Men: Jumpstarting an Overdue Conversation
SAMHSA – October 2016
In March 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the American Psychological Association (APA), co-sponsored the “Pathways to Behavioral Health Equity: Addressing Disparities Experienced by Men and Boys of Color” conference. The purpose of the conference was to address the knowledge gap on behavioral health and overall well-being for boys and young men of color. This corresponding brief addresses issues specific to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) boys and men – a diverse population that is often overlooked, underserved and misunderstood.
The Failing First Line of Defense
The Atlantic – 10.18.16
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five children currently have, or will have, a severe mental health condition. Half of all individuals with mental illness experienced the onset of symptoms by the age of 14, and 75% by age 24. Teachers are often on the front lines to address the mental health needs of students who may be struggling, but a lack of training and resources often means gaps in support. An increasing number of schools are implementing evidence-based and trauma-informed mental health programs that can provide effective strategies, but only if teachers are sufficiently trained to implement them. While most teachers undergo CPR, epi-pen, and bodily fluid clean up trainings, few are given adequate mental health trainings to identify and intervene when a student is experiencing a mental health crisis.
How Gaps In Mental Health Care Play Out In Emergency Rooms
NPR – 10.17.16
According to new research, individuals with mental health needs are more likely to go to the ER for treatment and are often admitted at a higher rate to the hospital from the ER, than patients with physical illness. The research is based off of data compiled by the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which tracked mental health visits to hospital emergency departments between 2001 and 2011. The study also found that nearly 23% of mental health patients waited in emergency care for more than six hours, and approximately 1.3% waited longer than 24 hours. While researchers have not yet determined the distribution of ages among patients in the data, Suzanne Lippert, lead author of the study, suggests that ER patients with psychiatric concerns tend to include more children and elderly patients. Young patients are even less likely to receive reliable care after being discharged due to a shortage of inpatient beds and a lack of child psychiatrists. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates there are only 8,300 child specialists in the county, for more than 15 million young patients.
New PSA Shows Survivors of Childhood Trauma Reunite With The Adults Who Helped Them
Mashable – 10.20.16
Stanford Children’s Health Treats Transgender Youth At New Clinic
Palo Alto Online – 10.20.16
The United States’ War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors’ Prisons
Truth-Out – 10.19.16
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