Many People of Color suffer from mental illness in silence because of the stigma surrounding mental health in the Latinx community. With the rising awareness of how deeply affected the community is—Latina teens have the highest rate of suicide in the U.S.—here’s a roundup of some of the resources available to Latinas coping with mental illness. The following activists and organizations not only prove that help is out there for the Latinx community but a reminder that you’re not alone.
Yo Soy Ella
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“I’m a DV survivor. I overcame troublesome relationships that could have ended my life and wrecked my future. I was afraid of leaving since it was a normal state in my life -well, that’s what I thought. But one day my heart said ENOUGH! Through the pain, shame, and scars that unfortunately, I physically still live with today, I was able to go forward in life. I was able to escape and end what was killing my light. I had to end the fear that was questioning my faith. Being afraid showed I lacked in faith. But enough was enough. My desire to be “alive” was stronger then how I was. I no longer was capable of giving power to dead and hopeless situations, people, and things. I chose to go forward unafraid, Pa’Lante Sin Miedo.” -Sarah💋 #YoSoyEllaInc Founder #PaLanteSinMiedo 🇵🇦🇵🇦🇵🇦
Yo Soy Ella is a Chicago-based organization whose motto is “spiritually empowering Latina women.” Through a spiritual-therapeutic approach, this organization offers spiritual mentorship, entrepreneur mentorship and educational enrichment. Non-Chicagoans can check out their Instagram page to find self-help guidance tips and inspiration.