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Nearly 16% of U.S. Latinos suffer some form of mental illness, yet Latinos are often much less likely to seek out treatment for mental health conditions. Fear of being stigmatized, lack of health insurance, certain cultural beliefs, and practices, or simply a failure to recognize symptoms of a mental illness, are all reasons behind why Latinos are less likely to seek treatment for mental health conditions. During this week’s #SaludTues Tweetchat, we’ll be chatting about ways to raise the bar on promoting mental health awareness among the Latino community. Follow #SaludTues and help us spread the word!
- WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Latinos and Mental Health Awareness”
- DATE: Tuesday, June 14th 2016
- TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT)
- WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
- HOST: @SaludToday
- CO-HOSTS: Cheryl Aguilar, Social Worker (@cheryl_aguilar), Mental Health America (@MentalHealthAm), and The National Council for Behavioral Health (@nationalcouncil)
We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we explore:
- Why it’s important to raise awareness of mental health among Latinos.
- Examples of signs to look out for which might indicate that someone should seek help.
- Ways to address barriers and stigmas that surround the topic of mental health.
Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that can help promote a mental health awareness among Latinos!
#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
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