“This Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrando la vida (celebrate life), honor the heart of our past and, with great hope, look forward to the future. The communities of Latin America dream of freedom and live with nobility and a good heart. Although for many generations all over the world we have faced discrimination because of the color of our skin, our language and accents, and even our presence – we continue to thrive.” – Yoli Flores, Neighborhood Empowerment Manager
Lines for Life honors our staff, community partners, and supporters who represent many different Hispanic cultures and heritage. We know that mental health and substance use impact each community differently, and that culturally responsive tools, programs, and services best serve our communities. Check out our partners at Raices de Bienestar for more information about improving mental and emotional health for Latinx communities in Oregon.
Hablemos de la Salud Mental
Let’s talk about mental health: suicide in the Hispanic community has increased by more than 70% between 2010 and 2020.
Compared to other groups, Latinos/as/x in Oregon do not seek mental health care and are less likely to find help. [Read more…]
Together, We Can Heal
My mother often says, “Cuando me muera no me puedo llevar nada, entonces para que me preocupo?” meaning “There’s nothing I can take when I die, so why worry?” She constantly reminds me to be thankful for life, even when things are grim.
There are many protective factors in the Hispanic/Latine community that we don’t even realize are helping our mental health. [Read more…]