Mental Health : A Growing Concern Within The Indian American Communities

1380 Words Dec 13th, 2015 6 Pages
Mental health problems are a growing concern within the Indian American communities in the United States. First generation born Indian Americans are experiencing mental health concerns far greater than the generation before them. What are the causes of this rise in mental health issues? Mental health issues are not foreign to any ethnic or racial group. Mental health concerns can and do affect individuals across are all social, socio-economic, racial and ethnic divides (“Suicide Facts at a Glance,” 2015). The concern in the with mental health concerns in the Indian community is that Indian Americans have the lowest rate of utilizing mental health service in the United States (“NCBI,” 2015) This paper will discuss the statistics of mental health problems/disorders, the reasons why Indian Americans are less likely to use resources and what can be done to address the issue within the community. What is mental health categorized as? Mental health is the social, emotional and psychological well being of an individual (“Mental Health,” 2015). The leading mental health disorders are generalized anxiety disorder, depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, OCD, PTSD, and major-depressive disorder (“Facts-Statistics” 2015). Globally, it is estimated that nearly 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death between 15-29 year-olds. There are 7.2 million Asians in the United States 5.8% of these…
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