Why it's so important to break the stigma around mental health within the Latinx community

Why it's so important to break the stigma around mental health within the Latinx community
Posted on Jul 31 2020
Yahoo! News
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The Latinx community is often discouraged from seeking mental health care due to cultural norms, social pressures and lack of access to bilingual resources and providers, but it is crucial to dismantle these barriers to heal. Latinx members typically do not seek treatment for their mental health because they fear judgment, Monica Villalta, national director of inclusion and diversity officer at NAMI, tells Yahoo Life. “A huge factor is the stigma – it is not only our own self-silencing, but it’s also that when we go to the systems of care offering mental health services, we don’t feel welcome.” Villalta adds that three generations of her family were silent on important matters, adding that it took years of exposure to a new culture to “understand that I can speak about these things and share my story.”