Disparities already existed, but “what we’re seeing is that some of the stresses that are associated with being a member of a marginalized group have been exacerbated during the pandemic,” said Brian Smedley of the American Psychological Association.
World Mental Health Day: The Mental Health Disparities Faced By People Of Color
Mental health issues affect everyone, but people of color — Black, Latinx, Asian and Native American people — have higher rates of some mental health disorders and face greater disparities in getting help than White people. Those issues are primarily due to lack of access to services resulting from institutional discrimination, interpersonal racism and stigma — which can all harm the psyche of people of color in places where they are not the majority. (Rogers, 10/10)
Covid Makes Domestic Work Even More Precarious
White House officials have been likening their workplace to a “ghost town” since President Donald Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19. East Wing staffers are under orders to work from home, while many in the West Wing — if they aren’t isolating with their own cases — are also staying away. It’s a smart choice, but not one that’s available to everyone. Out of sight, the White House residence staff, numbering about 90, continues taking care of the daily needs of a contagious president and first lady. The risks are considerable, and they’re not just health-related. (Minter, 10/11)
Social Media Helps Mom Spot Rare Cancer In Her Baby’s Eye
A mom who followed her instincts is the reason her daughter is now being treated for cancer in her eye. It was July 30, Jasmine Martin told “Good Morning America,” when she saw it. Prior to that day, she said, there had been “a small glow” in her daughter Sariyah’s eye. “But that day, it was like a moon.” (Shaw Brown, 10/12)
Parents Of Brain-Dead Baby Seeking To Keep His Heart Beating At Home
A Harris County family is asking Texas Children’s to allow them to provide home-based mechanical support to maintain heart function of their 10-month-old son deemed brain-dead by hospital doctors. The request seeks to resolve a conflict in which parents Mario and Ana Patricia Torres went to court in an attempt to require that Texas Children’s continue treatment to 10-month-old Nick, whom they brought to the hospital after he was found unconscious and unresponsive in a bathtub on Sept. 24. They made the request Friday after a state appeals court agreed with the hospital that the child is deceased and denied the family’s appeal. The ruling allows Texas Children’s to unplug the ventilator Monday. (Ackerman, 10/10)
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