HOLA of Prince William Wants You to “Be Strong”

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HOLA of Prince William is reaching out to the community to support mental health and wellness.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), common mental health disorders among Latinos are generalized anxiety disorder, major depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcoholism. Additionally, Latina high school girls have high rates of suicide attempts. As a community, Latinos are less likely to seek mental health treatment. A 2001 Surgeon General’s report found that only 20% of Latinos with symptoms of a psychological disorder talk to a doctor about their concerns. Only 10% contact a mental health specialist. Without treatment, certain mental health conditions can worsen and become disabling. HOLA of Prince William encourages mental health screenings, as well as learning more about how to discuss Latino mental health.

HOLA’s Efforts to Support Mental Health

HOLA of Prince William was founded in 2013 to address the needs of Prince William’s Latino community. A major need is support for those living with mental health concerns – depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and others. HOLA is running an online campaign to encourage those in need of mental health services to #bestrong (or #sefuerte) and seek assistance.

“Mental health among our community is a major issue,” says Jose P. Guallar, Director of HOLA. “The 2018 Community Needs Assessment by the People Inc. states that mental health needs in our county exceed the state average, with 22% of those surveyed seeing problems developing in their children. This is a multi-generational problem that needs serious attention.”

You are not alone

More than half of all people in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of mental illness in their lifetime. Mental illness is like other illnesses—it is common, and it requires the right treatment. If you or someone you care about has mental illness, do not be afraid to ask for help! Visit holaprincewilliam.org/be-strong for local resources.

If you are in crisis and need immediate support or intervention, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Remember, asking for help does not make you weak. It makes you stronger—for yourself, your family, and those who care about you.

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