SanaMente Grants Now Available!
Each Mind Matters and SanaMente, the Spanish-language movement for mental health, have joined together to create a grant opportunity that will energize Californians to engage our Latino populations in attaining mental wellness and equality. Wellness doesn’t mean we’ll never need help; it means we are resilient and focused on recovery. We believe in the power of collaboration, the strength of diversity, and the importance of healing through action. Join the movement by applying to be part of our exciting SanaMente grant program.
California has the largest Latino population in the U.S., making up 39% of the state’s population. Latinos are severely underserved and have limited access to services, not only because of a lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services, but also because they have limited knowledge about where to receive these services. Latinos are more likely to experience stigma and discrimination, and this creates barriers to treatment and promotes underutilization of services.
We recognize that Latinos can benefit from community-based solutions; ethnic-specific resources may be the preferred sources of support and care for these communities. Culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention and early intervention initiatives are key to reducing disparities in services and risk factors, and building protective factors and skills in this population.
To that end, SanaMente is excited to announce that we will award grants to community-based organizations to engage communities in conversations about mental health and suicide prevention, and expand the reach of SanaMente: El Movimiento de Salud Mental de California and associated Spanish-language stigma reduction and suicide prevention programs developed by Each Mind Matters:
California’s Mental Health Movement.
Goals of the SanaMente grants:
- Incorporate SanaMente mental health awareness and suicide prevention messages into existing or new mental health and wellness efforts reaching Latino communities in at least one of California’s counties.
- Engage California’s linguistically and culturally diverse Latino communities to actively participate in the SanaMente movement, including particular emphasis during May for Mental Health Awareness Month.
- Disseminate SanaMente mental health awareness and suicide prevention tools, resources and materials throughout the target communities.
- Expand SanaMente in ways that will build the movement long-term and develop sustained engagement.
SanaMente invites your organization to apply for grant funds to engage communities and expand the reach of SanaMente across the state. The grant awards will be for $3,000 based on criteria outlined in the application. The deadline to submit the grant application is October 6, 2017; the grant period is January 1, 2018 through May 31, 2018.
 Demographic and Economic Profiles of Hispanics by State and County, 2014. (2014). Retrieved August 24, 2017, from http://www.pewhispanic.org/states/state/ca/