Based on data from www. Asian Americans are also three times less likely to seek mental health services. Growing up as the child of a refugee who fled the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, I felt like I had no right as a first-generation American to talk about my mental health problems. I hear this from Asian-American friends as well. The "Model Minority" myth is a constant stressor.
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Metrics details. Despite the substantially high prevalence of depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among Asian American women who are children of immigrants, little is known about the prevalence of mental health utilization and the perceived barriers to accessing care. The quantitative analysis examined the differential proportion of mental health utilization among survey participants based on their mental health risk profile determined by current moderate to severe depression symptoms and lifetime history of suicidality. Mental health care utilization outcomes were measured by any mental health care, minimally adequate mental health care, and intensive mental health care. The qualitative analysis explored the perceived barriers to mental health care among 17 participants from the medium and high-risk groups. The qualitative analysis identified three underutilization factors: Asian family contributions to mental health stigma, Asian community contributions to mental health stigma, and a mismatch between cultural needs and available services. Despite the high prevalence of depression and suicidal behaviors among young Asian American women in the sample, the proportion of mental health care utilization was extremely low.
Mental health service use from a religious or spiritual advisor among Asian Americans
Insufficient access to mental health services in Asian American communities is a national problem. Yet, Asian Americans are three times less likely than their white counterparts to seek and utilize mental health services. Several factors contribute to this racial disparity in access to care. First, there is a persistent misconception that the needs of Asian Americans—a diverse group—are monolithic, or even nonexistent.
Asian Americans experience significant underuse of mental health treatment. Religious clergy and spiritual advisors play a critical role in delivering mental health care in the United States. Limited knowledge exists about their use among Asian Americans.