Answered Questions: Monthly News for the Disability Community for December 2019

Answered Questions is a monthly resource for the Spanish language Disability Community that fills an information need. This month’s question is: Our neighbor has a mental health disorder and has had crisis in the past. Is there information and resources available that can help us help him before, during, and after a crisis? This edition of Answered Questions includes items that focus on building self-determination and enhancing community living and participation in young people with serious mental illness (SMI); peer supports in mental health; how technology can address global mental health; cultural competence and mental health; information for family and friends of young people experiencing psychosis; information for teens with mental illness; wellness and self-directed recovery tools; and a presentation on discussing mental health with the Latinx/Hispanic community. More about Answered Questions.

Please note: If you or a loved one is currently experiencing a crisis, please call 911. If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800/273-8255.

NIDILRR-Funded Projects:

From the NARIC Collection:

  • Recent analyses have suggested that a greater engagement with peer specialist services is associated with fewer psychiatric symptoms. The article, Predicting engagement with mental health peer specialist services (in English), discusses a study that assessed the predictors of engagement of people with SMI with peer specialist services. Researchers found that greater hope, psychiatric symptoms, and service utilization predicted greater peer specialist engagement. The results of this study suggest subpopulations of people with SMI with whom peer specialists would be most likely to engage successfully.

Research In Focus:


  • The low numbers of mental health professionals, along with the stigma associated with mental illness and the absence of integrated interventions can affect recuperation. The article, Technology to address global mental health: A World Bank report, discusses an interesting report on harnessing technology to address the global mental health crisis and that explores technologies to help treat a mental illness or to prevent suicide. The article includes examples of technology that can improve access to high quality treatments, such as telehealth and digital learning platforms. The authors also discuss how including technology in the treatment of mental illnesses could be key to face the challenge of global mental health issues.

Cultural Competence:



Courses and Programs:

  • The program, Compartiendo Esperanza: Speaking with Latinos About Mental Health (in English) from NAMI, is a 90-minute bilingual presentation that helps to increase mental health awareness in Latinx/Hispanic communities by addressing a number of important topics, including the signs and symptoms of several disorders, where to find supports and services, and how to talk about mental health and decrease stigma.

Further Research:




About Answered Questions

Each month, we look through the searches on our blog and through the information requests made by our patrons who speak Spanish and pick a topic that fills the largest need. Each resource mentioned above is associated with this month’s information need. We search the various Spanish language news sources and feeds throughout the month to bring you these articles. With the exception of the NIDILRR Projects, From the NARIC Collection, and Further Investigation, all the linked articles and resources are in Spanish – any that are in English will be clearly marked.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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