COVID-19 has exposed mental health needs within Philadelphia’s Latino communities

For many linguistic minorities, especially Latinos, access to mental health or substance abuse resources is already scarce, said Margarita Alegria, the chief of the disparities research unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. But now, “the isolation, fear about the future, and economic uncertainty is all going to magnify the sense of catastrophe. We also know that serious psychological distress happens in groups that are underinsured in a pandemic, and Latinos are the group with the highest uninsured rates.”

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