Between 2010 and 2020, the suicide rate among Latino adults increased by more than 70%, found a study published this August in the Journal of Community Health.
You don’t need to have serious problems to go to therapy. This is a misconception. If a problem may seem small to others, but it has an impact on your daily life, that is a big enough reason (and the only reason you need) to go to therapy.
Moreno is now a psychologist and faculty counselor at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a counselor at CSULB for the past 24 years. She has been in charge of a drop-in space at CSULB called Latinas at the Beach for the past 24 years. It’s where Latina students can openly share their struggles and thoughts with their peers.
Traveling back and forth with their father from Oaxaca to Los Angeles, Zuly Garcia found it difficult to assimilate to American culture and their Mexican counterparts. In addition to always feeling split in two between the two countries, they also faced brutal racism and had difficulty finding a supportive community. When Zuly was 15 years old, they began to struggle with their identity and loving themselves. That is until they found a creative outlet through Photoshop and photography.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports the percentage of Latinx adults who receive treatment in the U.S is roughly 35%. Cost, cultural and language barriers, accessibility issues, and fears around legal concerns are just a few of the hurdles that keep us from accessing the services we desperately need.