The Get Right! Organization, Inc.

National Hispanic Mental Health Professionals Advocacy Network (HMHP), Xiomara A. Sosa

THERAPY IS COOL: THE IMPORTANCE OF BREAKING THE STIGMA

Author: Christine Gutierrez www.cosmiclife.com 

I remember noticing that something wasn’t right with my uncle when I was seven years old. His outward cheerful attitude didn’t silence my intuition. I knew something was wrong. I remember seeing him in his room more often than not. He barely dated, if ever, and had few friends.  I remember hearing whispers that he drank. The issue became a silent issue, like many issues often do, especially in Latino households. I am of Puerto Rican decent and was raised in a middle to low income neighborhood in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I was never engaged in serious conversations about depression and addiction, nor did I ever hear them discussed at family gatherings. My uncle’s depression was ignored and deemed as laziness, suggesting that nothing was wrong with him.

http://newlatina.net/therapy-is-cool-the-importance-of-breaking-the-stigma/

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