Hispanic And Black Students Find Valuable Help At School-Based Mental Health Centers

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Once a week, every week, the health center at Stamford High School offers sophomore Roger Sanchez an oasis—someplace he can talk to a trusted adult about life’s pressures and problems, a place he feels free and unjudged.

School work, sports commitments, family and social obligations: life as a teenager can be stressful, he says. If it weren’t for the health center, conveniently located where he spends most of his days, he would have a much harder time accessing counseling sessions that help him cope with anxiety.

“The health center helps me out academically, emotionally and physically,” he said, and he recommends it to friends. “They get nervous, kind of, but ...

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U.S. Latina Teens Attempt Suicide In Greater Numbers Than Any Other Adolescent Group

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Erika Sánchez began to have suicidal thoughts when she was 13. Sánchez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago, had always been melancholy, but during puberty she became hopeless. Unbeknownst to friends and family, she cried constantly. Before long, she began to cut herself.

When Sánchez was hospitalized at age 15, her parents finally realized it wasn’t just “normal” sadness that plagued their daughter — it was mental illness.

“Finally, they began to really see me,” says Sanchez, now 32 and a writer in Chicago. “And that’s when we began to have more honest conversations.”

For Latina adolescents coming of age, this is not uncommon. In fact, Latina ...

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