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Mental Health and Hispanics

  • Poverty level affects mental health status. Hispanics living below the poverty level, as compared to Hispanics over twice the poverty level, are three times more likely to report psychological distress.
  • The death rate from suicide for Hispanic men is almost five times the rate for Hispanic women, in 2009.
  • However, the suicide rate for Hispanics is half that of the Non-Hispanic White population.
  • Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.
  • Non-Hispanic Whites received mental health treatment 2 times more often than Hispanics, in 2008.

MENTAL HEALTH STATUS:

Serious psychological distress among adults 18 years of age and over, percent, 2009-2010

Hispanic

Mexican American

Non-Hispanic White

Mexican/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Hispanic/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

3.6

2.8

3.1

1.2

0.9

Source: CDC, 2012. Health United States, 2011. Table 59.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus11.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]

Serious psychological distress among adults 18 years of age and over, percent of poverty level, 2009-2010

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Below 100%

6.4

10.1

0.6

100%-less than 200%

4.1

5.5

0.7

200% - less than 400%

2.6

3.2

0.8

Source: CDC, 2012. Health United States, 2011. Table 59.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus11.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]

Percent of population with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or that everything is an effort, all of the time, among persons 18 years of age and over, 2010

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Sadness

4.6

2.8

1.6

Hopelessness

3.3

2.0

1.7

Worthlessness

2.3

1.7

1.6

Everything is an effort

6.5

5.6

1.2

Source:  CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2010. Table 14.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_252.pdf [PDF | 3.1MB]

Percent of population with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or that everything is an effort all of the time, among persons 18 years of age and over, 2010 ---Men

 

Hispanic Men

Non-Hispanic White Men

Hispanic Men/ Non-Hispanic White Men Ratio

Sadness

3.8

2.5

1.5

Hopelessness

2.8

1.9

1.5

Worthlessness

2.0

1.6

1.3

Everything is an effort

6.2

4.9

1.3

Source:  CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2010. Table 14.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_252.pdf [PDF | 3.1MB]

Percent of population with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or that everything is an effort all of the time, among persons 18 years of age and over, 2010 ---Women

 

Hispanic Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Hispanic Women/ Non-Hispanic White Women Ratio

Sadness

5.3

3.2

1.7

Hopelessness

3.7

2.1

1.8

Worthlessness

2.5

1.9

1.3

Everything is an effort

6.9

6.1

1.1

Source:  CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2010. Table 14.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_252.pdf [PDF | 3.1MB]

Percent of population with feelings of nervousness or restlessness, among persons 18 years of age and over, 2010

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Nervousness, all or most of time

5.4

4.9

1.1

Restlessness, all or most of time

5.6

6.4

0.9

Source:  CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2010. Table 16.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_252.pdf [PDF | 3.1MB]


DEATH RATES:

Age-Adjusted Death Rates for suicide, by sex, race and Hispanic Origin, 2009

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic /Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Male

9.8

23.2

0.4

Female

2.0

6.0

0.3

Total

5.9

14.3

0.4

Source:  CDC, 2012. National Vital Statistic Report. Vol. 60, Num 03 Table 17.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_03.pdf [PDF | 2MB]

Age-adjusted death rates for suicide, by race, 2009

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio

5.9

14.3

0.4

Source: CDC, 2012. Health United States, 2011. Table 24.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus11.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]

Death rates for suicide, age, race and Hispanic origin, 2009: Men

 

Hispanic Men

Non-Hispanic White Men

Hispanic Men/ Non-Hispanic White Men Ratio

15-24 years

11.7

18.9

0.6

25-44 years

11.1

28.8

0.4

45-64 years

12.6

33.7

0.4

65 years and over

15.3

33.1

0.5

All ages

9.8

23.2

0.4

Source: CDC, 2012. Health United States, 2011. Table 39.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus11.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]

Death rates for suicide, age, race and Hispanic origin, 2009: Women

 

Hispanic Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Hispanic Women/ Non-Hispanic White Women Ratio

15-24 years

2.5

4.0

0.6

25-44 years

2.7

8.1

0.3

45-64 years

2.6

10.6

0.2

65 years and over

2.3

4.5

0.5

All ages

2.0

6.0

0.3

Source: CDC, 2012. Health United States, 2011. Table 39.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus11.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]


ADOLESCENTS:

Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Suicide: Ages 15 - 19, 2009

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic /Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Male

9.0

14.0

0.6

Female

2.8

3.5

0.8

Total

6.0

8.9

0.7

Source:  CDC, 2012. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [Accessed 07/07/2012]
http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html

Suicidal ideation among students in grades 9–12, 2009
Percent of students who seriously considered suicide


 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Male

10.7

10.5

1.0

Female

20.2

16.1

1.3

Source:  CDC, 2012. Health United States, 2011. Table 67.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus11.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]

Suicide attempts among students in grades 9–12, 2011
Percent of students who attempted suicide


 

Hispanic

White

Hispanic/White Ratio

Male

6.9

4.6

1.5

Female

13.5

7.9

1.7

Total

10.2

6.2

1.6

Source: CDC, 2012. High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. [Accessed 07/07/2012]
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline


ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE:

Percent of Adults age 18 and over who received mental health treatment or counseling in the past year, 2008

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Male

5.2

10.8

0.5

Female

8.4

20.8

0.4

Total

6.8

16.0

0.4

Source:  2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table 17_3_1.2b
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr10/index.html

Percent of Adults age 18 and over who received prescription medications for mental health treatment or counseling, 2008

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Male

4.0

9.1

0.4

Female

6.5

18.3

0.4

Total

5.2

13.9

0.4

Source:  2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table 17_3_3.2b
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr10/index.html

Adults age 18 and over with past year major depressive episode who received treatment for the depression, 2009

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio

49.3

68.7

0.7

Source:  2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table 7_1_1.2b.
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr11/index.html


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