Saturday, September 30, 2023

Doors of Hope: Why is it time to talk about mental health?

It was after midnight when I got the call any on-call therapist dreads. LM tried to commit suicide. I was quickly taken to the hospital, fortunately 14-year-old LM is still alive. The reason? LM was a victim of bullying at school and claims that the family never believed, listened or knew what to do to help him.

It’s time to let this conversation happen and let these words into your homes. It’s time to talk about mental health. The world is changing and mental health knows no boundaries; touches the lives of people from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender or background. The statistics say it all: a quarter of the world’s population will face mental health problems at some point. These challenges are not weaknesses; This is a testament to our need to start taking this issue seriously.

Let’s face it: the pressures of work life, personal struggles, relationship problems, social expectations, peer pressure, social media and easy access to drugs are taking a toll on our mental health. KDHE reports that in 2021, 9% of the Hispanic population in Kansas will be hospitalized for attempted suicide and 8% for self-harm.

We need to start talking about mental health. We need to create safe spaces for open conversations where people can share their experiences without fear of judgment and recognize that seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Let’s stand together, breaking down the barriers that hinder the progress of mental health care. We will champion initiatives that promote understanding and provide access to quality support. By advocating for mental health, we pave the way for a stronger community – for ourselves, our children, and future generations.

Remember, you are not defined by your struggles but by your strength. By embracing and fostering a culture of empathy, we can create a world where mental health is not just a conversation, but a priority today.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, loneliness, stress, identity, bullying, relationship issues, addiction, or more, please call 913-712-4412 ext. 114 or send a message to 785-505-0300 or visit our website

Luciana Silva is a bilingual Brazilian therapist serving our communities in Kansas. She is a licensed psychologist and master of social work specializing in trauma/PTSD, among other mental health issues. And, of course, an advocate for mental health in our Latino community.

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