Just like many other people, some of us in the mixed community hesitate to reach out and seek professional help when we are struggling with emotional concerns and life challenges such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, substance abuse, domestic violence, child and family issues, etc.

People of color, the multiple-heritage community, and immigrants have additional factors, both historical and current, that may create even more resistance to seeking mental health treatment.

Here’s how NAMI explains the importance of cultural competence and health care:

Cultural Competence: Culture—a person’s beliefs, norms, values and language—plays a key role in every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. Cultural competence is a doctor’s ability to recognize and understand the role culture (yours and the doctor’s) plays in treatment and to adapt to this reality to meet your needs. Unfortunately, research has shown lack of cultural competence in mental health care. This results in misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment. African Americans and other multicultural communities tend to receive poorer quality of care.
 
However, you can improve your odds of getting culturally sensitive care.  The good news is that professionals are increasingly required to learn how to effectively treat people from diverse backgrounds.

We use Competencies for Counseling the Multiracial Population as our guide when we invite counselors, therapists, and health care providers to partner with us in delivering culturally competent services to individuals, couples, families, and children within the mixed community.

If you think you are ready to take the brave step to seek professional help for yourself or someone you care about, we can help by working with you to find a culturally competent provider who is the best match for your needs.

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