Lack of information and misconceptions surrounding mental health issues prevent many members of the Latino community from getting the help and support they need. Compartiendo Esperanza is a bilingual 90-minute presentation that can help increase mental health awareness in Latino communities by addressing a number of important topics:
- The signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression
- How to talk about mental health and decrease stigma
- An overview of recovery and how it’s possible
- The types of mental health services and supports available, including NAMI education and support programs
What’s Included in the Presentation?
- A presenter team made up of two individuals–a person living with a mental health condition and a family member of a person with a mental health condition.
- A scripted 90-minute interactive dialogue centered on the presenters’ personal connections to mental health and journeys to recovery.
- A bilingual handout for presentation audiences, There Is No Health Without Mental Health. This educational booklet provides mental health information through personal stories and highlights how and where to find help.
- Detailed guides, checklists, practice sheets and other materials (available in English and Spanish) to help you make community connections and plan a successful presentation.
The tools and resources in Compartiendo Esperanza are all modifiable, so they can be adapted to fit your needs and resources.
Population of focus: Hispanic and Latino
Links to resource:
- Compartiendo Esperanza: Speaking with Latinos about Mental Health
- Bilingual handout — There Is No Health Without Mental Health (pdf)
Organization: National Alliance on Mental Illness