Culture & Mental Health

Culture & Mental Health

handsThe 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

A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General

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

By Elise Banks, M.S., LPC | Jul. 27, 2016


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:

Faith, culture and mental health are closely related to one another. To learn more we encourage you to click the links below.

Unequal Gain of Equal Resources

Recent Advances in Cross-cultural Measurement

Mental Health Literacy A cross-cultural approach

Does Discrimination Explain High Risk of Depression

Cultural Diversity and Mental Health Treatment Preferences

Cultural Diversity and Mental Health






Association Between Religious Service Attendance

Recruitment and Enrollment of African Americans and Caucasians in Health Promotion Trial

Church-Based Health Programs for Mental Disorders Among African Americans: A Review





A Cross-Cultural Study of Mental Health Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Seeking Professional Help







Modern Western Culture and Mental Health


Mental Health Services in Faith Communities…The Role of Clergy in Black Churches

Pastoral Care and the Complexity of Mental Illness in Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches

The Role of Culture and Cultural Techniques in Psychotherapy

Research on Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health

Hiding Behind the Pulpit with Bipolar Disorder

Ethnicity and Pathways to Care During First Episode Psychosis. The Role of Cultural Illness Attributions

Faith-Based Mental Health Education. Service-Learning Opportunity for Nursing Students


Is it a Spiritual or a Mental Health Crisis

Religion and Mental Health. Evidence for an Association

South African Muslim Faith Healers Perceptions of Mental Health Illness. Understanding, Aetiology and Treatment