Barriers to Mental Health Help-Seeking


It may be difficult for a caregiver to follow through on referrals for mental health. Visit the Curriculum -> Mental Health section for more information. Sometimes, caregivers can’t get to their appointments because of practical issues, like child care or transportation. Other times, cultural attitudes and beliefs about mental health and treatment may influence whether a caregiver asks for help. Consider the following ways that culture might be a barrier to seeking treatment.

We include the following examples to help you think about POSSIBLE barriers your families face. These are based on research and home visitors’ experiences, but not everyone from a certain group will have the same experience.