Understanding Depression Across Cultures
Families participating in Head Start come from many different cultural backgrounds, bringing a unique blend of history, traditions andbeliefs to the tasks of child rearing and education. Some come from groups that have been oppressed for generations. Others arerecent immigrants, trying to combine their native culture with the one in which they currently live. Still others are deeply rooted in ahistory of cultural traditions. Similarly, all of the individuals who work in Head Start also bring their own rich cultural traditions andbeliefs to their work with families. As a result, families and Head Start staff may have different ideas about what is good for children.How long children sleep, what methods work to manage their behavior, what they expect at mealtimes, and how they play with otherchildren may all involve different cultural values. Recognizing that cultural heritage and identity influence each of us in many, profoundways is a first step in ….
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Are You Ready to Interpret For A Mental Health Encounter?
A great majority of mental health encounters happen in primary care or in the emergency room. According to the Bazelton Center for Mental Health Law, 25% of all primary care encounters involve a diagnosable mental illness and 50% of mental health problems are still not being diagnosed properly. The World Health Organization is recommending that all medical providers “screen for mental health issues, assess and furnish care to those with mild or moderate disorders or whose severe mental health disorders are stable.”
So even if interpreters decide not to interpret in traditional mental health settings, they will certainly find themselves interpreting for patients with mental health issues. For example, in her
assessment of a patient with possible memory impairments, a family doctor may conduct memory testing through the interpreter. Or an ER doctor may see a patient presenting with suicidal ideation, one who is experiencing his first psychotic break, or one who suffers from substance abuse issues.In all of these situations, the interpreter will be practicing mental health interpretation.
Are you ready to interpret in mental health settings? When you think of the term “mental health,” what is your first reaction? How would you describe a person who suffers from a mental illness or disorder? Mental illness is prevalent in today’s society. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),“One in two Americans has a diagnosable mental disorder.”The reality, then, is that all of us, as individuals, have been impacted to some extent by someone who suffers from a mental illness.