Latino Mental Health Awareness and Outreach program

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Provided by HOLA


NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Prince William and HOLA ( Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action) are collaborating on a Latino Mental Health Awareness and Outreach program.  The program seeks to raise awareness of and reduce stigma about mental health conditions and increase help-seeking behavior in the Latino community of Greater Prince William.  It will provide free NAMI educational and support programs in Spanish to families of those coping with mental illnesses.

NAMI family education teaches about specific mental health conditions, warning signs, steps to take (e.g., how to get a diagnosis and treatment), coping strategies, community resources, and family communication.  Support groups decrease guilt, blame, and loneliness and increase hope and emotional wellness of families.  Participants understand that they are not alone.

Our first step is to recruit bilingual volunteers who have a “lived experience” of mental illness, either as someone in recovery from a mental illness or as a family  caregiver.  Qualified volunteers will be offered free NAMI training to become educators for NAMI Family to Family Education and NAMI “Ending the Silence” or as facilitators of the NAMI Family Support Group model.

To learn more about this program, please contact Jose Guallar ( or Liz Downey (


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