Making Mental Health Services Work for Latino Youth

Bringing mental and behavioral health programs into schools increases early access to interventions, reduces the stigma around mental health issues, and normalizes the need for a healthy, supportive environment in schools. These were some of the issues addressed during last week’s Facebook Live event in celebration of National School Counselor Week, where NCLR’s Deputy Research Director Patricia Foxen was joined by Lourdes Rubio, Licensed Professional School Counselor for Arlington Schools, and Marisa Parrella, Senior Clinical Manager at Mary’s Center, for a discussion on school-based mental health programs for Latino students.

Referencing NCLR’s recent report Mental Health Services for Latino Youth: Bridging Culture and Evidence, the experts discussed the value of providing culturally sensitive, trauma-informed approaches to mental health for students, the importance of involving parents and the family in programs, and the current political climate and its impact on Latino students’ well-being, among other issues. Watch the whole discussion below.
(Because of a slight technical difficulty, there are two videos to watch. They are posted here in order.)

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