Family willingness to seek and accept mental health or substance use services may vary by culture. It is imperative that child welfare professionals are aware of the diverse backgrounds of the children and families with whom they work and engage families with cultural humility and competence. Cultural considerations for working with diverse populations also may include language barriers; religious beliefs and family values; parenting practices; expectations and restrictions related to gender and age; concepts of health and illness; issues related to assimilation and cultural preservation; and attitudes toward women, children, and elders. This section includes links to resources specific to working with diverse populations on mental/behavioral health issues.
APA Diversity Mental Health Month
American Psychiatric Association
Provides tools and resources that help raise awareness of mental health and behavioral health needs within diverse communities, including videos, factsheets, guidebooks, and brochures. This webpage highlights the mental health month toolkit, which includes resources on how to limit ethnic and racial disparities and mental health information specific to African-American and Latino families.
Cultural Competence in Mental Health Care
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Multicultural Action Center
Provides resources and information about the importance of cultural competence in mental health services. NAMI also offers information about supports for Diverse and LGBTQ individuals and communities, as well as Veterans & Active Duty military personnel.
Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Provides broad, focused, and intensive training and technical assistance on mental and substance use disorders, suicide prevention, and the promotion of mental health to federally recognized Tribes, other American Indian/Alaska Native communities, SAMHSA Tribal grantees, and organizations serving Indian Country. The Tribal TTA Center uses a culturally relevant, evidence-based, holistic approach to support Native communities in their self-determination efforts through infrastructure development and capacity building, as well as program planning and implementation.
Domestic Violence in Women with Serious Mental Illness Involved with Child Protective Services
Lewin & Abdrbo & Burant (2010)
Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31(2)