Importance, challenges of providing mental health care to minority communities



Consultants and filmmakers are working to break the stigma surrounding mental health in minority communities.

Highlight issues that are often hidden in the shadows. That was Antwon Lindsey’s goal in 2017 when thinking about ideas for his next movie.

“I was thinking, you know, what you know, is basically taboo in the African-American community, and that’s mental health,” says Lindsey.

Lindsey is the Director, Producer and Screenwriter of ‘HUSH: Help Us Say Help.’ He and his team wanted to bring that taboo subject from behind closed doors onto the big screen.

“We really wanted to address and talk about how political, cultural, social stigmas, you know, contribute to traumatic experiences, you know, in the continuance of trauma love. Lindsey said mental health in the black community.

The film deals with the historical pain of slavery and segregation. How that pain has affected mental health in the black community.

HUSH executive producer Dylan Thomas said, “We put a lot of emphasis on the power of bearing the burden and just going through life and embracing what’s coming our way, and that which I have reflected is powerful in dealing with the things that hurt us. “

HUSH will not only focus on trauma. Lindsey says providing resources to people in need is meaningful and personal to him.

“One of my family members passed away by suicide in 2012. The whole concept of this movie is for people who feel silent, who feel like we have been silenced in the past. a long time. We have no say. They come out of it and they understand that hey, you know I have a say, and I really wanted to get the help and support I needed because I couldn’t do it alone,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey’s movie HUSH is slated for a July release next year.

The African-American community is not the only one that stigmatizes mental health care. It is also a stigma against the immigrant community.

For some, there are economic barriers to getting help. When you’re just trying to make ends meet, sometimes your mental health needs put you back.

In immigrant communities, language barriers can also make it difficult to get mental health care.

Two mentors have made it their lifelong work to overcome those barriers in minority communities.

It is not easy to choose and move to a new place. It comes with financial, physical and mental challenges that Jessica Sagastume understands ahead of time.

Sagastume said: “I come from a first generation family where my father is also an immigrant, so seeing with my own eyes the stigma and the people around me seeing their hardship and not knowing it. access to resources.

Sagastume grew and became a resource. She is a mental health counselor who serves Hispanic immigrants.

She said that not many people do what she does, but there are many who need help to overcome mental difficulties.

“What I usually see, it’s a huge distrust because they often come from a country where they feel betrayed, they feel persecuted and they come here and have a lot of vigilance and attitude. A lot of people just wonder who they can trust.” “They don’t speak the language, and now they’re trying to overcome that barrier with the experiences they’ve had,” says Sagastume.

Along with that comes depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Sagastume works every day to provide affordable and accessible help, but she has to convince people they can get help.

Dr. April Brown said similar stigma exists in African-American communities.

“Culturally, we were raised that we couldn’t share or talk about things or feelings that didn’t matter and so there was a stigma there and so that has persisted for decades,” says Brown. and that you know getting help with mental health and problems is for a very wealthy person. “

Dr. Brown says she has seen a change; More minorities are seeking therapy, especially in the wake of the 2020 racial justice protests.

“When I first started, I had very few people of color, maybe like 1% of my caseloads and so now it’s almost 50% of my caseloads, so it’s grown,” Brown said. especially in the last year.

Both Brown and Sagastume said they get involved in the community going to local churches and organizations, wherever they can, to let people know that there are affordable mental health resources.

The biggest thing they want people to know is that you can get help. Importance, challenges of providing mental health care to minority communities

Aila Slisco

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