Latino

1 in 5 Latinos have experienced a mental health challenge. However, Latinos are one of the groups least likely to seek help for mental illness due to reasons which include language fluency, cultural barriers and access to health coverage. A 2001 Surgeon General’s report found that only 20% of Latinos with symptoms of a psychological disorder talk to a doctor about their concerns and only 10% contact a mental health specialist. Several stressors impact the mental health of Latinos, including job security, separation of families and deportations.

Conversely, studies found that once a Spanish-language Latino person received support to identify a mental health challenge they utilized services more than non-Latinos. The resources below provide information to assist in mental health awareness, suicide prevention and reaching youth. To download a PDF with the resources listed below click here.

SanaMente Mental Health Fact Sheet

Depression and substance use are two mental health challenges that are highlighted in the first set of SanaMente Mental Health Fact Sheets. This double-sided hand out can be shared with PEI providers and partners to provide Spanish speaking communities with information about the symptoms and services available to treat these mental health challenges.

Guía de apoyo para la salud mental

This brochure includes tips and resources for achieving mental wellness. It can be downloaded as a PDF and hard copies can be ordered from the SanaMente store at http://www.eachmindmatters.org/product-category/sana-mente-resources/

SanaMente “Myths vs. Facts” Poster

The SanaMente poster dispels the common misconceptions Spanish speakers have about living with a mental health challenge.

Busca Apoyo (Spanish)

Spanish-language version of ReachOut, a website offering support and information for young adults.

Reconozca las señales (Spanish)

Spanish-language version of Know the Signs, website offering information, support, and hotline for preventing suicide.

SanaMente Store

A variety of branded outreach materials and giveaways including stickers, water bottles, T-shirts and green ribbon cards can be purchased at the SanaMente store.

Testimonios

At www.SanaMente.org/testimonios/ viewers can find five vignettes that share stories of mental health, hope, resilience and recovery from a Latino perspective.

People First Language in Mental Health Fact Sheet (Spanish)

An in-language guide to using mental health terms that do not promote stigma from Disability Rights California. For Spanish speakers.

Definiciones de estigma y discriminación

In-language sheet from Disability Rights California about mental health stigma and discrimination.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Lifeline Crisis Chat: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org (available 24/7)
Need help now? Text "START" to 741-741

Ponte En Mis Zapatos

Ponte en Mis Zapatos utilizes real stories from teens and young adults to teach youth about mental health challenges and mental wellness. Similar to its sister campaign in English, Walk In Our Shoes, Ponte en mis Zapatos reduces stigma associated with mental illnesses by debunking myths and educating 9-13 year olds about mental wellness.