Media Advisory

At Time of High Stress for Latino Youth, New Report Examines Their Mental Health Needs

Many Latino youth struggle with poverty, threats to safety, and stress from discrimination and post-election climate, yet face barriers to getting culturally informed mental health services

December 15, 2016

CONTACT:
Kathy Mimberg
kmimberg@nclr.org
(202) 776-1714

WASHINGTON, DC—On Tuesday, December 20, at 1 p.m. EST, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will hold a telephonic press briefing to release a report that examines mental health risk factors for Latino youth, strategies to improve the quality of mental health services for them, and the culturally informed treatment models that can help this vulnerable group. Young Latinos face the same social uncertainty and reduced job market as their peers, yet many also struggle with poverty, unsafe neighborhoods, and chronic racial and ethnic discrimination. They have a higher prevalence of depressive and suicidal symptoms than any ethnic group in the nation and face multiple barriers to preventive and treatment services.

The post-election climate has imposed additional stressors on Latino youth—a recent Southern Poverty Law Center study of 2,500 educators described incidents of bigotry and harassment following the election, and a full 80 percent reported heightened anxiety on the part of marginalized students such as youth of color, LGBT youth and immigrant students. In addition, many young Latinos are frightened by the possibility that they or their parents will soon be deported and their families permanently separated.

It is crucial that we understand the mental health needs of Latino youth—a rapidly growing part of our population who represent one in four Americans under the age of 18—and the strategies for culturally competent treatment. Their health and well-being is vital to our nation’s future, and the cost of neglecting the mental health and unique circumstances of Latinos is high.

To RSVP, please contact Kathy Mimberg at kmimberg@nclr.org or (202) 776-1714. Listed below are the participant dial-in number and conference ID for this briefing.


MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:NCLR report on Latino youth mental health
WHO: Introductory Remarks
Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO
Moderator
Rita Carreón, Deputy Vice President, NCLR Institute for Hispanic Health
Panelists
Dr. Patricia Foxen, NCLR Deputy Director of Research
Alicia Wilson, Executive Director, La Clínica del Pueblo
Dr. Pierluigi Mancini, President, Board of Directors, National Latino Behavioral Health Association
WHEN:Tuesday, December 20, 2016
1:00 p.m. EST
WHERE:Participant Dial-In Number: (877) 876-9177
Conference ID: LATINO
Program Title: NCLR Latino Youth Mental Health Report 

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.