09.19.17 | Sacramento, CA | Press Announcement
Program Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento Launches New Mental Screenings and Support Program
First of Its Kind in Northern California
When: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 1:00 P.M.
Welcome: Liliana Ferrer, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento
Speakers: Debra Oto-Kent, Executive Director of Health Education Council
Darrell Steinberg, Mayor of Sacramento, CA
Sergio Aguilar Gaxiola, MD, PhD, University of California, Davis
Where: Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento
The Health Education Council in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento is expanding its services at the Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) to include mental health screenings, making it the first Mexican Consulate in Northern California to offer such services.
The program will offer visitors to the Consulate a new level of mental health support, including depression screening, education and referral to community-based treatment services. Conducted in partnership with El Hogar, the program will be staffed by bi-lingual, culturally-competent Licensed Marriage Family Therapists (LMFT) and LMFT Interns.
Friday’s launch of the program will be welcomed by Sacramento City Mayor Darrell Steinberg and presented by Consul Liliana Ferrer Silva and Debra Oto-Kent, Executive Director of the Health Education Council, a West-Sacramento based non-profit.
In the United States, 1 in 5 Latinos have experienced a mental health challenge during the past 12 months. Latinos are identified as a high-risk group for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. 68% of adults with a mental health disorder suffer from a chronic medical condition. In Sacramento County, an estimated 8% of Latino children and 5% of Latino adults have serious mental illness and are in need of treatment.
With proper treatment, 70-90% of individuals living with mental health challenge can and do recover. However, Latinos are least likely to seek treatment for a mental health challenge due to multiple barriers, which include stigma, language proficiency, health insurance, and legal status.
Support available at the new VDS Mental Health Program include:
- Mental Health Screenings provided by onsite bi-lingual, licensed, mental health therapist.
- Confidential follow-ups with participants to ensure successful referral and access to treatment.
- Educational workshops and trainings for the Latino community and service providers addressing stigma, awareness, and increasing access to services.
For more information:
Cynthia Lopez Foltz
Program Director, Health Education Council