Overcoming Cultural Stigmas About Mental Illness And Barriers To Treatment

May 5, 2014

For millions of Americans battling mental illness, the search for proper care can be long and frustrating. But for those in some ethnic communities, deep-rooted cultural stigmas and language barriers combine to make the obstacles to treatment even more formidable. In this week’s FOCUS report, we look at the stigma surrounding mental illness in the Latino community and what’s being done to improve access to care. 


  • Dr. Nicholas Covino is president of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.  
  • Stephanie Hartwell is a sociology professor at UMass Boston who specializes in mental health issues. 

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