How Do School-Based Mental Health Programs Contribute To At-Risk Ethnic Minority Community

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Montanez, E. (2015). Turn 2 Us: Outcomes of an Urban Elementary School-based Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Program Serving Ethnic Minority Youths. 100-107.
Mental health programs in schools provide support to students struggling with socio-economic, racial and behavioral issues. Many of these programs have a positive impact in the ethnic minority community within the schools that have them in place. Latino communities often shame or will not discuss mental health issues to family members or friends. Schools all over the United States are continuing to implement school-based mental health prevention and promotion programs in hopes to prevent and promote the prevalent mental health issues among the students.

The purpose of this work is to highlight the positive outcomes of mental health programs provided to at-risk ethnic minority youth. School-based …show more content…

Said risks include poverty, cultural (not culturally acceptable to talk about feelings) and even lack of positive role models within a group. The goal of SBMHPPs are to offer students in the urban community a continuous follow up among the students they are trying to reach. Along with policies in school, these programs reinforce those policies to better the Latin community that struggles with mental health issues.

This article focuses directly on ethnic minority communities in the state of New York. The participants, starting out at 184 students later dropping to 174, were from two schools that provides a mental health program within their school. The article provided data specifically from two elementary schools to children grades 3 to 5 that participating in school programs. Participants also were closely split by gender being 51% male and 49% female out of the total number of participants (Montanez, Jenkins, Rodriguez, McCord, Meyer

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