Despite all the education and information that is out there, I have realized that mental health is still a taboo subject. We need to stop treating mental health as such a taboo.
As a Latina, I think it’s even worse for us as many Latinos continue to use the word “Loco(a)” when anyone mentions wanting to seek or talk to a mental therapist or psychologist, etc. Loco(a) means crazy. This leads me to the importance of the language that we use to describe or talk about mental health. I understand the culture thinks it’s ok to discriminate against people with mental health but it’s not. Once you correct them, they usually tend to say, “I was only joking”. However mental health is no joke, and we must be aware of our words.
After the Pandemic, I think it brought a brighter light to topics connected to mental health such as stigmas, shame, discrimination, stereotyping, social media anxiety, technology overload, self-medication, toxic relationships, burnout, pills, detox, online sex, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse and the list goes on and on. Many families are struggling and don’t even realize that sometimes just having awareness can save you, your job, your family, or your marriage. Many people just need support and counseling.
That is why in this edition we talk about a few of these mental health concerns, and we even have some advertisers that offer these types of services.
Don’t forget that mental health and wellness are just as important as physical health and wellness. But we need to seek the help of counselors, psychiatrists, mental therapists, and or coaches if we want to evolve and grow. Sometimes people have dreams and goals and can’t achieve them because they may have some type of mental concern that needs to be attended to first. If you think this is geared to low-income, or uneducated people it’s not. Mental health doesn’t discriminate, and it affects everyone no matter what walks of life you come from and how much money you have. Let’s start a resolution now to take better care of our mental health.
Rosa Julia Parra
CEO, Founder & Editor