Growing up in a Latinx household, mental health and therapy were never discussed, but we all could have benefited from some counseling. Once in middle school and again in high school, I begged my parents to find me a therapist. They said they would, but they never did. I don’t blame them either. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “only 20% of Latinos with symptoms of a psychological disorder talk to a doctor about their concerns. Only 10% contact a mental health specialist.” With those odds, how could I expect my parents to recognize that I needed help?
There are so many barriers that keep us from seeking mental health resources. From health insurance to language barriers and lack of cultural competency from healthcare providers, sometimes. As a teenager, I was well aware of my anxiety and depression and how it affected my self-esteem, my eating disorder, and my school work. As an adult, one of the first steps I took in my healing journey was hiring a therapist. Finding the right psychotherapist is not always easy. It’s very similar to dating, you have to trust the vibe and be patient with finding the right one. Whether you’re just starting your search for your therapist or you’re not quite ready yet, these online resources and mobile apps will definitely help: