Resources on this population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health and Spanish-language resources.
Data and Reports
- Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality: Data Spotlight: Substance Abuse Facilities with Services in Spanish Are Available in All Regions for Hispanic Clients Admitted to Treatment in 2010 – 2012 (PDF | 62 KB) looks at the availability of treatment facilities with services in Spanish by region.
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Report: Need for and Receipt of Substance Use Treatment among Hispanics – 2012 (PDF | 153 KB) looks at the need for and receipt of substance use treatment among Hispanic/Latino populations as compared to people from other racial and ethnic groups ages 12 or older.
- NSDUH Report – Substance Use Among Hispanic Adolescents – 2011
SAMHSA Programs and Initiatives
- Community Conversations About Mental Health provides information (including Spanish language materials) on how to hold a community dialogue that breaks down misconceptions and builds awareness and support around mental health issues.
- National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance use and mental health issues. National Prevention Week 2014 is about Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. SAMHSA will be highlighting the important role each of us has in maintaining a healthy life and ensuring a productive future. Materials are available in English and Spanish.
- La Semana Nacional de Prevención es un evento anual de salud apoyado por SAMHSA, que busca concientizar al público y generar acción respecto al abuso de sustancias y a los problemas de salud mental. El lema y enfoque de la Semana Nacional de Prevención 2014 es: Nuestras vidas. Nuestra salud. Nuestro futuro. Este año queremos destacar la importancia del rol que cada uno de nosotros desempeña en el mantenimiento de un estilo de vida saludable y un futuro próspero.)
SAMHSA Behavioral Health and Spanish-Language Resources
- Ayudando a Sanarse a Si Mismo—Una Guía para Hombres en Recuperación para Ayudarles a Enfrentar los Problemas Asociados con el Abuso Infantil – 2005 (Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Man’s Guide to Coping with the Effects of Childhood Abuse): This brochure helps men who are entering treatment understand some of the feelings that can surface about the abuse they experienced as a child. The guide defines childhood abuse, describes the symptoms of abuse, and suggests ways to handle childhood abuse issues while in treatment. Additional resources are included.
- Ayudando a Sanarse a Si Misma—Una Guía para Mujeres en Recuperación para Ayudarles a Enfrentar los Problemas Asociados con el Abuso Infantil – 2004 (Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Woman’s Guide to Coping With the Effects of Childhood Abuse Issues): This brochure helps women who are entering treatment understand some of the feelings that can surface about the abuse they experienced as a child. The guide defines childhood abuse, describes the symptoms of abuse, and suggests ways to handle childhood abuse issues while in treatment. Additional resources are included.
- Drogas, alcohol y VIH/SIDA: Guía para su salud – 2006 (Drugs, Alcohol, and HIV/AIDS: A Guide for Your Health): This 2-page color brochure explains the increased risk of HIV transmission among people who use substances and stresses the importance of seeking treatment for both substance use and HIV/AIDS.
- El alcohol y la depresión: El camino de Jorge hacia una vida mejor – 2010 (Alcohol and Depression: Jorge’s Journey to a Better Life): This Spanish-language fotonovela employs believable characters and dialogue to tell a story that educates readers about co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and their treatment.
- El Envejecimiento, los Medicamentos y el Alcohol – 2009 (Aging, Medicines and Alcohol): This brochure contains information for older adults on alcohol use and medication-related problems and steps older adults can take to avoid problems resulting from mixing medications.
- El Tratamiento para el Abuso de las Drogas y el Alcohol – 2008 (Alcohol and Drug Treatment: How it Works, and How It Can Help You): This brochure informs people involved in the criminal justice system and their families about substance abuse treatment resources in prison and in the community. It describes what they can gain through substance use treatment while incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, and encourages people to seek treatment.
- Información sobre la Buprenorfina – 2011 (The Facts About Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Addiction): This booklet provides basic information about the use of buprenorphine in medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. It describes how buprenorphine works, the proper use of the medication, and common side effects. It also explains how buprenorphine fits into the overall recovery process. The booklet is directed at patients entering medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, and it may be useful to patients’ family members and friends.
- Información sobre la Naltrexona – 2011 (The Facts About Naltrexone for Treatment of Opioid Addiction): This booklet provides basic information about the use of naltrexone in medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. It describes how naltrexone works, the proper use of the medication, and common side effects. It also explains how naltrexone fits into the overall recovery process. The booklet is directed at patients entering medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, and it may be useful to patients’ family members and friends.
- La Buena Salud Mental No Tiene Edad – 2009 (Good Mental Health is Ageless): This brochure provides information for older adults about the symptoms of depression or dementia, basic facts regarding mental health, suggestions on how to talk to physicians, and how to contact organizations that provide additional information.
- Publicaciones de SAMHSA disponibles en español (Additional SAMHSA Spanish-language publications)
Federal Initiatives and Resources
- Alcohol and the Hispanic Community from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – 2013 (PDF | 227 KB) is a publication that discusses alcohol use in the Hispanic/Latino community.
- Mental Health and Hispanics from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is a webpage that highlights fast facts relating to mental health for Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States.
- The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics works to expand education opportunities and improve education outcomes for all Hispanic/Latino students. Read Executive Order 13555.
- Hispanic-Latino Mental Health at the American Psychiatric Association
- Latino Learning Community at the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health
- Latino Mental Health Facts from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Mental Health: A Guide for Latinos and Their Families from the American Psychiatric Association
- Mental Health in the Hispanic/Latino Community from the American Psychiatric Association – 2007 (PDF | 188 KB)
- National Hispanic Science Network
- National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA)
- National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health