HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. You can reach Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (US) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.
While our Hispanic and Latino communities are similarly vulnerable to mental health problems as the general population, experts say they face greater barriers in both access to and quality of treatment.
According to NAMI35.1% of Hispanic and Latino adults with mental illness receive treatment annually, compared to the US average of 46.2%.
Eyewitness News anchor Rita Garcia gathers experts for a town hall on Thursday, October 6 (7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CDT) to highlight the reasons for these differences and connect you to resources that can save your life or the lives of people you love.
Panelists for Thursday’s Town Hall include:
- dr Cristian Zeni, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston
- Ivan Sanchez, Houston Millennials
- Laura Hidalgo, business owner and mental health advocate
- Patrick McIlvain, Walk for Mental Health Awareness
Viewers can submit their questions for possible admission to City Hall on Thursday here:
(On mobile? You can open our form by tapping here.)
Poverty, language barriers, lack of cultural literacy among some mental health providers, immigration status, and stigma attached to mental illness are all factors that experts say are affecting the well-being of our Hispanic and Latino communities.
You can catch Town Hall on Thursday anywhere you stream Eyewitness News on your TV, e.g. B. Roku and Fire TV. Just search for “ABC13 Houston”.
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