July 30, 2014

HealthCetera, Healthstyles regular health news feature produced for Michael G. Haskins’ program,  Haskins in the Morning, on WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio, aired this morning. This segment reported on news from the Washington Post article, Study: 10M have gained coverage through health law and Charles Ornstein’s  Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends published 7/23rd NPR’s Shots. Listen

It also includes a message from Dior Vargas, Latina feminist mental health activist, who launched Speak Out! Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, on her blog inviting others to share their stories about living with a mental health issue.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health,  “Nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.”

It is critical that we identify and bridge the gaps in access to culturally competent care and support for people living with mental illness. Listen to Ms. Vargas below.