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Latino Youth Face A Higher Rate Of Depression Than Their Peers


New research suggests that Latino children are more likely to suffer from depression and other mental health illnesses, but only 8 percent of Latinos say their child has received mental health services.

Latino youth are depressed at a higher rate than any minority besides Native Americans, according to the Salud America! network at UT Health San Antonio.

Low response or desire to seek therapy can lead to greater chances that these conditions will go untreated over the course of a person's lifetime.

From language barriers to economic hardship, social factors can be a significant contributor to emotional stressors affecting children in the home and in school.

More than 17 percent of Latino students surveyed report being bullied. Thoughts of suicide are up to 8 times higher for Latino students, who say they feel less connected or lack communication with their families. 

One million children have been added to the Texas population in the last decade, the majority from families with a Latino or Hispanic background. What's being done to address the mental health needs of this growing demographic? 


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Jan Ross Piedad is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.