We Hear You

We Hear You

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

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.”
We Hear You

We Hear You

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

We Hear You

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

Relationships

Throughout our lives, relationships are an important part of the way we experience our world. We have family, best friends, boyfriends, and girlfriends. Sometimes these relationships can be easy and fun – but other times they can be difficult and stressful. For Latino/as, relationships are an especially important part of our personal lives, since most of our cultural values are determined by our relationships with others. Our parents may have expectations of how we relate to others, what we talk about, who we can and can’t hang out with, and what things we can and cannot do. With these expectations come conflicts within us and potentially with others. As a young Latino/a growing up in the US, this can be even more complicated because we are often juggling two sets of cultural values. These struggles can cause us to feel confused, angry, and/or sad. Another layer of relationships is thinking or talking about sex. In the Latino/a community, talking about sex and attraction can be unwelcome or uncomfortable. When we are experiencing these kinds of issues, we tend to talk to our friends about it, and avoid discussing things with adults. Unfortunately, this isn’t always helpful. Some questions or concerns that may arise for someone struggling with these issues include:

  • I want to have a boyfriend/girlfriend but my parents don’t allow it. What can I do?
  • I am having questions about sexuality. Who understands me?
  • I wish I knew more about sex. Who could I talk to about it?
  • How can we learn to be successful in our love relationships, if our parents don’t take it seriously, or they are not the example for me?

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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