For the approximately 58 million Latinos living in the United States, finding access to mental health care that they can identify with poses significant challenges. It is critical that these barriers are addressed to lower the risk for anxiety, depression and substance abuse often experienced at a higher rate in this community.
CHWs can help by addressing the stigma around mental health and encouraging the community to accept those facing emotional challenges. They can also use their resources to get people early care, reducing the negative impacts experienced by the individual, their family, and the community.
Download this program manual for CHWs to strengthen their knowledge about mental health issues, coping mechanisms, and utilizing resources to help those suffering from mental health issues access the services available to them in their community.
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