Mental Health amongst Latine College Students

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type




First Advisor

Rebecca Overmyer-Velazquez


As the number of Latine students increases in college, there should be more emphasis on breaking negative stereotypes and helping them better their mental health. The rate of young adults reporting symptoms consistent with major depression has increased from 2009 to 2017 by 63 percent, demonstrating that not only is this age population vulnerable to negative mental health, but given the drastic increase in Latine students, it demonstrates a need for further research and support for this population to ensure they continue to prosper in higher education. There is a need for more attention and support for Latine students' mental health. To better understand Latine students’ struggle with mental health, it is essential to recognize the impact cultural values might have on their perception of mental health and how it can better or worse it. These cultural values often influence students’ attitudes toward help-seeking for such mental health. Finally, it is difficult to talk about mental illness without acknowledging an essential factor of stress for many in our society– currently, Covid-19 and its impacts on the Latine community. Further research on what it takes for Latine students to go to research is needed in addition to diverse types of support for Latines.

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