Latino Communities a Growing Part of California’s Mental Health Movement

Each Mind Matters and SanaMente, the Spanish-language movement for stigma and discrimination reduction, are uniting Californians to engage the state’s Latino population in attaining mental health. Together we are working to break down the barriers of language, discrimination and misunderstanding that result in lower levels of access to mental health care for Latinos.

“Each Mind Matters has done a phenomenal job of considering Hispanic culture and people have been receptive to the materials,” said Socorro Pacheco, Community Health Worker/Care Coordinator for the Children’s Clinic in Long Beach. “They are simple to understand and are relatable, and are a great door opener to the possibility of feeling better and a great relief to those feeling they are going through it alone.”

Through Each Mind Matters and SanaMente, we are creating new conversations, building relationships, engaging family networks and establishing trusted bonds that promote healing.

SanaMente

Each Mind Matters and SanaMente offer extensive resources serving Latino communities and Spanish-speakers in California.

You can be a part of this growing movement by sharing these informative and culturally relevant resources:

  • A series of fotonovelas, illustrated booklets on education, health and faith, increase awareness of mental health in Latino families and communities.

Suicide Prevention Services Respect Language, Culture

  • California’s successful “Reconozca Las Senales” suicide prevention campaign has been shown to increase public awareness of suicide risk and build confidence in taking action that saves lives.
  • Volunteers and staff at many of California’s crisis lines are bi-lingual, ready to help callers across the state. CalMHSA also supports crisis hotlines that contribute to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Spanish language hotline at 1 (888) 628-9454.

Latino Youth Perspectives Recognized

  • Ponte En Mis Zapatos is a positive way to engage young people ages 9-13 in a conversation about accepting other people’s differences and about mental health, with an engaging interactive website.
  • The Busca Apoyo forums provide Spanish-speaking teens and young adults ages 14-24 with a safe, anonymous community to discuss a range of social and mental health related issues with trained peer leaders. The site also includes a series of Spanish-language fact sheets designed to raise awareness, inform and start a conversation about mental health.

Through Each Mind Matters and SanaMente, Latinos are coming forward to help their communities speak up and reach out.