Less Mental Health Help, Funding for Latino Kids


A mental health study by a Harvard medical professor shows a significant gap for mental health treatment and funding for young Latinos vs. white children.
An article published at Medical Daily reports Benjamin Lê Cook, assistant professor at Harvard Medical Center, discovered “while 10% of white youths use or have used mental health care facilities, only 4 to 5% of black and Latino youth do the same. More startlingly, money spent on mental health care increased for white youth while it decreased for Latino youth.”
The report says it tends to be a mixture of poverty and beliefs with 26.6% of Latinos in poverty vs. 13% of whites. The report adds, “it is not altogether unsurprising in immigrant communities to have distrust in the American mental health care system.”