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We Hear You

“Younger adults are at a greater risk for experiencing depressive symptoms compared to older Latinos.”
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We Hear You

“An official report from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2009 that nearly 15% of Hispanic teens had attempted suicide the year before compared to 10% of all city high school girls.”
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We Hear You

“Perceived discrimination and depressed emotion are highly linked in Latino adolescents.”
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We Hear You

“11% of Hispanic girls across the country admitted a suicide attempt.”

Family

La Familia! As Latino/as this word tends to hold a lot of value for us.  It represents our ancestors, our culture, our foundation, and it represents a part of who we are.  Although having a close and good relationship with our family can be wonderful, there are also times when our family may be stressful for some of us.

An expectation within the Latino/a culture is that we should have the utmost respect for our family members, especially our parents and elders.  Though for the most part this is not difficult, there do come times when we disagree with our family. This can feel disrespectful and cause feelings of guilt and confusion. Problems with communication, expectations, and motivations can present themselves due to the generational and cultural differences between family members.  As these differences exist, there are often times when we feel like our parents just don’t understand, or we feel that our parents are “old school” and they cannot support us because they don’t know what we are going through. Some common feelings and questions that may come for us in this situation are:

  • I love my family, but I don’t agree with what they’re saying.  How do I talk to them about this without upsetting them?
  • Why don’t my parents get me? They’re so old school.
  • Why do I always have to translate for my parents?
  • Why can’t I do the same things that other kids are doing? Will I ever be able to fit in?
  • I want to go away for college but my parents don’t want me to.  What should I do?

These, among others, are all questions and emotions that we may have when we are in this situation, and that’s why we’re here!  We hear you and you are not alone! Questions and feelings like these as well as others are all things that we can talk about with a counselor.  Whether you are at school or at a community agency, seeking special time with a counselor gives you a safe space to talk about these things without feeling weird, judged, or misunderstood.

To get more information on where to find someone to talk to click here!

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