IN THIS GUIDE
- We’ve assembled a list of 7 Spanish-speaking crisis lines for Latinxs.
- Find 7 mental health resources that speak to the mental health issues Hispanic and Latinx people are facing today, as well as some solution-oriented action items.
- We’ve also found 9 LGBTQ-specific Latinx resources that further support positive mental health among queer and trans Latinxs.
The population of the United States consists of 18.3% Hispanic people, and 16% of the Hispanic population reported having a mental illness in the past year. Yet, studies show a lack of willingness to seek professional treatment. This is due in part to cultural and religious beliefs that have contributed to a negative stigma surrounding mental health among the Latinx community. Resulting in many people choosing to suffer in silence instead of seeking outward help. Additionally, many Hispanic communities have the added difficulty of a lack of mental health services available in their area. Untreated mental health issues are one of the leading causes of substance abuse among the general population.
The rate for drug use disorder within the last year among Latinx people stands at 6.6%, which is slightly lower than that of the total population average of 7.4%. However, clear disparities can be seen when it comes to the treatment of substance abuse for the Latinx community. Studies show these communities have lower access to treatment, as well as poorer outcomes when it comes to treatment program success. The latter can be attributed in large part to a lack of accessibility to culturally competent care for Latinx people. This has begun to change in recent years as the mental health community and the world at large begin to center the importance of different ethnic groups and their individual cultures.
The following is a list of organizations that are making Latinx mental health a priority:
Spanish-Speaking Crisis Hotlines
- Al-Anon and Ala-teen Information Phone: 1-888-425-2666 Counselors provide support to adolescents and adults adversely affected by addiction and offer group therapy resources for ongoing support.
- SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 English / Spanish-speaking counselors facilitate referrals to treatment centers, support groups, and community services.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Counselors support those in crisis and help in processing their emotional distress and preventing suicide.
- En Espanol: 1-888-628-9454
- Boys Town: 1-800-448-3000 – Can interpret over 140 languages; it also has a “telecommunications device for the deaf” (TDD) for the hearing and speech impaired (1-800-448-1833).
- Drugfree.org: Call 855-378-4873 or text 55753 – Counselors offer support and training and will direct you to the best course of action.
- National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: Call 1-510-465-1984 – An organization working to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status.
- Talk. They Hear You: SAMHSA’s national campaign for the prevention of underage drinking helps parents and caregivers to start the conversation with their children about the dangers of alcohol.
- The Fix: A platform covering addiction and recovery, featuring a daily mix of breaking news, exclusive interviews, investigative reports, essays, and blogs on sober living, lifestyle, and cultural resources.
- Alcohol and Depression: Jorge’s Journey to a Better Life: A Spanish-language fotonovela from SAMHSA that educates readers about co-occurring substance use and mental disorders as well as their treatment.
- Substance Abuse in the Latinx Community: A podcast from Latinx Therapy that features Genesis Games, LMHC. She shares her knowledge of alcohol abuse, how it is defined, the effects it has on the individual and the family, the myths behind it in Latinx culture, and the best way to support someone with this issue.
- Hollywood and Wine Recovery: A group producing online content that shares holistic approaches to recovery that center on healing the mind, body, and spirit with the Black and Latinx experiences at the center.
General Mental Health
- ADA Resources en Espanol: The Anxiety & Depression Association of America provides a great number of mental health resources available in both Spanish and English.
- National Latino Behavioral Health Association: An association dedicated to providing a unified national voice for Latino populations in the behavioral health arena by educating and uplifting the voices of the Latino community and offering resources such as college scholarships.
- Latinx Therapy: A group dedicated to destigmatizing mental health in the Latinx community offering courses and workshops, a directory of Latinx therapists, and more.
- Agua y Sangre Healing: This platform crafts elemental healing sessions and promotes empowerment and joy through the art and practice of self-care and ancestral medicine.
- The Latinx Mental Health Podcast: A platform that aims to connect Latinx voices, struggles, and triumphs; exploring their experiences at the intersectionality of mental health and the Latinx identity.
- The Focus On You: A platform offering self-care, mental health, and inspirational articles written by a Latina Therapist.
- Mental Health America: MHA has a full page of mental health resources written in Spanish and geared towards the Latinx community.
- United We Dream: An organization dedicated to fighting for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people, as well as empowering young Latinx to develop their leadership and organizational skills. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.
- Sad Girls Club: A nonprofit and community platform created to support women of color and the millennial & GenZ population in order to diminish the stigma around mental health.
- Nalgona Positivity Pride: A virtual support group and platform dedicated to eating disorder awareness and body positivity.
- Ethel’s Club: A digital community dedicated to providing tools to encourage healing, inspiration, and communal care among POC.
- The Steve Fund: An organization dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color through crisis response and financial assistance.
- Young People of Color: An online support community for young people of color that includes daily check-ins, celebrations, icebreakers, and Q&As.
- Latino Equality Alliance (LEA): A nonprofit that advocates for equity, safety, and wellness for the Latinx Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer + community.
- The Trevor Project: National organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to all LGBTQ+ youth, with an emphasis on protecting POC.
- allgo: An organization based in Austin TX that offers a variety of programs and online content to support QPOC– focusing on topics such as cultural arts, wellness, and social justice.
- Coming Out – Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans: A resource from HRC Foundation that is designed to aid LGBTQ Latinx Americans in navigating the intersectional challenges when coming out.
- The GLAAD Organization: This organization shares LGBT stories that impact Spanish-speaking communities, and analysis of the media that serves those communities
- The Gay-Straight Alliance Network has a number of resources for the Latinx community:
- LGBTQ Youth of Color: Discipline Disparities, School Push-Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: An infographic to educate the community at large about the challenges that many LGBTQ youths of color face.
- Nuestras Historias, Nuestro Arcoíris (Our Stories, Our Rainbow) Celebrating LGBTQ Latinx History Month: An article that discusses Latinx LGBTQ history and provides ways POC youth can share this information in their communities.
- Queer and Trans Wellness Resources
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call or Text “Start” to 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- Caminar Latino: A nonprofit that creates opportunities for Latino families to transform their lives and communities, and works to change the social conditions that give rise to violence.
- Futures Without Violence: A nonprofit working to heal people who are traumatized by violence today and create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow.
- Encuentro Latino: An online clearinghouse of research, training materials, handouts, and other resources in English and Spanish on domestic violence in Latino/Hispanic immigrant communities in the U.S.
- National Latin@ Network: An institute on domestic violence focusing on Latina communities and putting the community at the center of everything we do.
- Casa de Esperanza: A nonprofit working to mobilize Latinas and Latinx communities to end domestic violence.
- National Dating Abuse Helpline: Call 1-866-331-9474 or Text “LOVEIS” to 22522