Several Stony Brook groups associated with Latinx community came together to discuss issues of mental health. Issues include the need for Latinx healthcare professionals and stigma of mental health care in Latinx community.
What once began as an observational study on patients with schizophrenia in 1989, has now branched out into two decades worth of an in-depth look into psychiatric epidemiology, the study of what societal factors cause mental illness.
Attitudes toward mental health often vary between people of different cultures. Their teachings and religious beliefs often affect the way they view the mentally ill, and the nature of mental health itself.
The Peer Mental Health Alliance (PMHA) wants to bring a program to campus to fill certain gaps in mental health coverage that they say are not being addressed by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Stony Brook’s Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) was one of the 20 schools in the nation to secure the 2018 Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Fernandez pointed out that minority patients often feel uncomfortable with therapists who don’t understand their culture, background and language. “If you can’t be fully understood at all levels, then how can you be healed?” she said.