Culture & Mental Health
The culture of an individual influences many aspects of mental health, mental illness, and patterns of health care utilization. One’s spirituality and religion often shapes how individuals understand mental illness. Below you will find resources that provide the links between mental health and culture.
Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity
Office of the Surgeon General (US); Center for Mental Health Services (US); National Institute of Mental Health (US).
Stigma-Busting Within the African American Community
As Miss International 2015 and a national ambassador for NAMI, I have spent the last year with a specific focus on breaking the stigma associated with mental health. I do this work not only because I am a psychotherapist, but also because certain individuals resist seeking help due to the labels that are associated with symptoms of mental health conditions. – See more at: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2016/Stigma-Busting-Within-the-African-American-Communi