SanaMente Introduces New Website, Resources for Latinos
Guest Blog By: SanaMente Strategic Council*
May is Mental Health Matters Month is soon approaching and SanaMente has developed new materials and resources to support Latino mental health. In the past year, 1 in 5 Latinos 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. Most recently, the social and political climate surrounding immigration in the United States is further impacting the mental health of Latino families who worry about the separation of their families and deportations.
SanaMente is dedicated to providing our Spanish speaking communities with the tools and resources to support mental health well-being. The SanaMente strategic council worked diligently to create these materials to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of our diverse Latino community. We are proud to introduce these Spanish language resources at SanaMente.org where you will find:
- A new vibrant website where you can learn about the 5 common mental health challenges faced in the Latino community. These include depression, anxiety, suicide prevention, trauma, and substance abuse.
- Guía de apoyo para la salud mental: a mental health support guide with tips and resources for achieving mental wellness. This support guide can be downloaded and printed for you to share with your family, friends, and community.
- SanaMente Fotonovelas and Activity Guides: The SanaMente fotonovelas have helped introduce concepts about mental health challenges and encourage acceptance through relatable characters and storylines that engage Latino audiences. We’re excited to introduce the new activity guides for each fotonovela storyline to help you start conversations about mental health with your loved ones and members of your community.
- Mental Health Fact Sheet: Depression and substance use are two mental health challenges highlighted in the first SanaMente Mental Health Fact Sheet. In this double-sided fact sheet, you will find the symptoms and services available to treat these mental health challenges. The fact sheet can be easily downloaded and printed for you to reference or distribute in your community.
- SanaMente “Myths vs. Facts” poster: The SanaMente poster dispels the common misconceptions Spanish speakers have about living with a mental health challenge. We encourage you to print the poster and display it in your home, office, or community center.
We invite you to visit SanaMente.org and hope that you will use these materials to help start conversations about mental health with your loved ones. We continue to expand the resources on SanaMente.org and encourage you to regularly visit the website for the latest news and updates that help engage our Latino community in the mental health movement.
Un fuerte abrazo,
The SanaMente Strategic Council
*In November 2016, the SanaMente Strategic Council convened to develop the new website and resources for the Spanish language mental health movement, SanaMente. The council is made up of leaders in the mental health field who work closely with Latino communities in California. Council members include:
- Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis
- Martha Martinez, Promotores Case Manager II, Chico, CA
- Maria Eugenia Perez, Integral Community Solutions, Fresno, CA
- Jaime Renteria, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
For related content: Fresno’s Latino Community Gathers to Promote Mental Wellness