“E pluribus unum” (“Out of many, one”) is more than the motto of the United States: It is an essential part of the American experience. The U.S. population is increasingly ethnically diverse—for example, Hispanics/Latinos now make up 16 percent of the population. Racial diversity is also evident, with Whites (72 percent), African Americans (13 percent), Asian Americans (5 percent), American Indians and Alaska Natives (0.9 percent), Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (0.2 percent), people of more than one race (3 percent), and those from other groups (6 percent) making up the population. Recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders—a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential—share similarities for all on this journey, regardless of community or background. For example, the major dimensions that support a life in recovery—health, home, purpose, and community—as well as the guiding principles are similar for everyone. However, the ways that recovery is sought, supported, and maintained are diverse and very much influenced by culture. Panelists will discuss some of the different ways that people from diverse communities find their pathways to recovery and the various challenges they may face. The show will also review resources for understanding different cultural perspectives about behavioral health conditions and those designed to enhance the cultural consciousness of providers and organizations.
Behavioral Health Treatments & Services Learn how health care professionals address common mental illnesses and substance use disorders and how SAMHSA helps people access treatments and services.