Translation services have more impact than you may realize. From translating election ballots to translating healthcare documents, these services provide access to vital information for Limited English Proficient populations. However, the need for mental healthcare translation services is not discussed as often.
More and more, people are discussing mental health in public forums, such as social media, and normalizing what used to be a taboo topic. As a result, seeking mental healthcare is becoming more commonplace. We are beginning to recognize that mental health is as important as physical health when it comes to healthcare. With this recognition, it’s also important to identify how to improve the efficacy of mental healthcare through mental healthcare translation services.
Mental Healthcare Translation and Accessibility
Translation services make documents more accessible to Limited English Proficient consumers in any industry. To actively and successfully support those who need mental health services, healthcare organizations need to reach LEP individuals in their native language. If your healthcare organization’s patient demographics include those with native languages other than English, translating your documents will help you effectively reach and serve these individuals.
Millions of migrants flee their countries every year in search of a new home where they are safe and free from persecution. These migrants have been through varying traumatic experiences, from leaving the places they grew up to violent acts being perpetrated against them. These people need mental health services, but may not be able to access them in English. Reaching this population requires high-quality, culturally sensitive translation services.
Mental Healthcare Translation and Cultural Acceptance
A person’s culture impacts how likely they are to accept mental health services. Studies show that individuals are more likely to accept mental health services if it is deemed “culturally appropriate” to do so in their community. One way to improve cultural acceptance of mental health services is translation. If you reach Limited English Proficient communities in their native language with culturally sensitive information, they’re more likely to seek mental health services when they need them.
Mental Healthcare Translation and Advocacy
Advocating for the continued acceptance of mental healthcare is a big task. Translating the messages you use for advocacy helps you to be a better advocate. You will reach a broader audience and improve the public image of your advocacy. Mental healthcare translation services allow more people to engage with your message and increase the likelihood that they will positively receive the message as well. If you face the public with information that is accessible to all people, your message will spread faster and more effectively.
If you’re interested in learning more about how translation services benefit mental health professionals, call us today at (530) 750-2040, or request a free quote.
Ash is the Marketing Coordinator at Avantpage, Inc. Ash works to create high-value, targeted content that allows consumers to connect with us at Avantpage. They are a strong proponent of everyone having equal access to communication and information. They have written and created content for a variety of online platforms, and have been published in over 30 online platforms with varying topics. But Ash is other things too! An avid athlete, Ash enjoys spending their free time rock climbing, partaking in aerial circus sports, and practicing acroyoga.