What is mental health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make decisions. Mental health is important at all stages of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health

Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

-Get professional help if needed
-Connecting with others
-Trying to stay positive
-Doing physical activities
-Help others
-Getting enough sleep
-Develop skills to help you cope with situations -Develop skills to help you cope with situations

Factors Contributing to Mental Health Problems

-Biological factors, such as genetics or brain chemistry
-Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
-Family history of mental health problems

Ana Cruz, LLPC is a Licensed Therapist who provides bilingual therapy for individuals, families, and the elderly who reside in nursing homes. Ana has experience working with clients facing depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, anger management, and in home services. She provided therapy for those facing severe mental health crisis at HealthWest as an intern, and served as a volunteer mentor at Insight Pregnancy Services.

Services of Hope

Mental health stigma is a significant issue the Latinx community as they may be reluctant to seek mental health services due to factors such as fear of discrimination, concerns about confidentiality, or a belief that mental health problems are a sign of weakness. 

To address these issues, we have partnered with Services of Hope to provide a license bilingual therapist at the Hispanic Center that offers free sessions to those without insurance. It is important to ensure that mental health services are accessible and culturally responsive to the needs of the Latinx community. 

Ana is at the Hispanic Center every Wednesday and Friday from 9am-5pm. If you are interested in booking an appointment with Ana, please contact Alva at 616.246.0570. 

At the Hispanic Center we host Mental Health Workshops called, It’s Time to Start Taking Care of your Mental Health.

It is essential to increase awareness and understanding of mental health disorders in the Latinx community. Education programs can help dispel myths and misconceptions about mental health and encourage individuals to seek help when needed. In partnership with Services of Hope a certified bi-lingual therapist leads the workshops and are provided through community organizations and schools.

Our next Mental Health Workshop will be on April 19th from 5:30-6:30pm at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. The workshop will be discussing ways on how to cope with stress, how to effectively communicate with your children, and ways your family can be happy.

The workshop is free and open to the public. If you have any questions regarding our mental health workshops, please call Alexandra at 616.742.0213.

Be Creative And Learn A New Skill

This will help focus on something that is manageable and promote a sense of accomplishment.

Eat Healthy

Making sure you have a healthy, balanced diet will also help you feel better and ensure that your body is functioning well.

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Todos nos sentimos abrumados y cuando las cosas se acumulan, es importante pedir ayuda. Mantenerse en contacto es primordial, especialmente en momentos en los que no te sientes bien, charlar con familiares o amigos puede poner las cosas en perspectiva.

In addition, there are a lot of services that are here to help.

Please click the links below for any additional help.

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