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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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Threat Of Deportation: A Trigger For Toxic Stress In Children Left Behind

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On a snowy Saturday morning in January, Selvin, 13, and his mother were in the basement of the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, to support a friend in sanctuary. As they sat there, the boy tried to push away thoughts of how it would be when ICE came to take away his own mother, who is also under a deportation order.”I’m going to be alone with my little brother and my dad,” Selvin said. “Sometimes I feel I don’t want to talk to anybody. I just go to my room, lock the door, and I feel depressed.”

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