Healthy Minds

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Latino youth are far more likely than their peers to have mental health issues, which often go unaddressed and untreated.

Why? Immigration, cultural identity, poverty, bullying, discrimination and other factors create high levels of stress.

But there’s good news, too.

Interventions to reduce family, school and community stressors can have a positive effect on the mental health of this population. Promising policies, while few, also are emerging.

Research Explore: Mental Health & Latino Kids Research

Take action for happier, healthier kids!

Latino kids suffer stress due to bullying, discrimination, immigration, and more. Here are ways you can help.

Use our Action Pack!

What is the one thing you want most for kids? Salud America! can customize an “Action Pack” just for you to help you build a case and get supporters for your big idea for a healthy change!

Reduce stress

22% of Latino youth have depressive symptoms, a rate higher than any group besides Native American youth. Here are some great programs and policies to help cut stress for Latino kids and families!

Be a mentor

Mentors are critical to helping Latino and all kids achieve their fullest potential in the classroom and beyond. Check out these stories about and resources for mentors!

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Salud Hero Success Stories

Fred Cardenas: Improving Mental Healthcare for Kids in San Antonio

"I hear demons telling me to be bad." "I need my medicine to calm down." "Mom has a new boyfriend, but that’s okay cause dad has a new ...

22

PERCENT

of Latino youth have depressive symptoms (a rate higher than most other groups).

17.2

PERCENT

OF LATINO STUDENTS REPORT BEING BULLIED AT SCHOOL.

8

PERCENT

OF LATINO KIDS USED MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THAT'S LESS THAN THEIR PEERS.

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