The criminal justice system in the United States is in dire need of reform – for many reasons – but mental health remains among the top. Understanding the relationship between mental health and the criminal justice system is key to driving equitable policy practices that can improve health outcomes and reduce inequities faced by so many. Prisons and jails in the United States incarcerate a disproportionate number of people, including Latinos and Black people, with a current or past mental health problem. Many facilities are not equipped to treat these conditions.
Category: mental health
EDITORIAL: Suicide rates on the rise for Latinos and we need to talk about mental health
Between 2010 and 2020, the suicide rate among Latino adults increased by more than 70%, found a study published this August in the Journal of Community Health.
COMMENTARY: How therapy has helped me and can help others in Latinx and immigrant communities
You don’t need to have serious problems to go to therapy. This is a misconception. If a problem may seem small to others, but it has an impact on your daily life, that is a big enough reason (and the only reason you need) to go to therapy.