Today, I want to introduce you to a group of Latina women who are doing extraordinary work on behalf of the Hispanic community — a community that represents 18.2 percent of the total population of the state of New York.

These women are making a difference and have excelled in the fields of health, education, community, art, culture, business and technology; they have worked hard throughout their careers and have made a positive impact on society, fighting for progress so that 30 percent of the Hispanic population may obtain health insurance; so that the income of Hispanic families will increase past $38,000 per year; to raise the level of Hispanic college graduates to more than 13 percent; to help 67 percent of children over 16 years old and in the labor force complete their high school education and go to college all of which can be viewed and measured through studies of the Census Bureau of the United States.


During the Conference on LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention at the San Francisco State University, the component that struck me most (and made me want to make this a 2 part blog) was the work being done by the Family Acceptance Project around LGBT youth’s families and faith communities to increase support for LGBT youth and decrease the various problems that LGBT youth face: family and community rejection, depression, homelessness, substance abuse, STDs and suicidal thoughts and attempts. Caitlin Ryan, Project Director of the Family Acceptance Project, spoke at length about the issues the project tackles.

 Apr 7, 2014 (Tell Me More) — The shooting at Fort Hood leaves many people talking about mental health and military culture. Host Michel Martin learns more from veteran Xiomara Sosa; and former Undersecretary of Defense Ed Dorn.

Two weekends ago I attended the Conference on LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention at the San Francisco State University.  While I knew that LGBT peoples had higher rates of suicide ideation and attempts than their heterosexual peers, the numbers were themselves shocking. Anne Haas, PhD, from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention explained that, overall, there are some data discrepancies when it comes to counting LGBT people.  Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) are not identified in death certificates, nor is it systematically identified in the National Violent Death Reporting System; this prevents the analysis of suicide mortality rates by SOGI.


Hacer el bien y ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad le hacen feliz. Graduada en psicología y con una maestría en salud mental, en 2005 fundó una consultoría que ha ido creciendo. Veterana del ejército fundó en 2011 un organización sin ánimo de lucro para ayudar a los veteranos y sus familias en cuestiones de salud mental.

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The alarming news of another military service member going on a shooting rampage killing and wounding other service members on a military base is unnerving. For us Latinos it is especially upsetting to know that Iván López, a Latino, perpetrated the recent Ft. Hood shooting. I do not care for highlighting a person’s ethnicity or culture in these tragic events, but I feel that I have a responsibility as a Latina, a veteran, and a mental health professional to state the obvious that others are already commenting on.


This post is going to be more personal than I’ve written before. But now that I am resurfacing, I thought it would be appropriate to do so. Many people know that I have been working very hard for a long time to acquire my graduate degree so that I can legally have my own clinical mental health private practice someday. I set that goal for myself immediately after 9/11. I knew it was where I needed to be in the near future because where I was no longer brought me joy. And 9/11 fundamentally changed my entire paradigm. I was at the Pentagon that day.


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People seeking psych help had 16 times the rate of AIDS virus infection than general U.S. population
By Robert Preidt

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Americans seeking treatment for mental health disorders may be four to 16 times more likely to be infected with HIV than those in the general population, a new study reveals.

The findings emphasize the need to provide testing for HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — in mental health care facilities, the researchers said.

The study authors provided HIV testing to more than 1,000 people in Philadelphia and Baltimore who sought treatment for mental health problems such as depression, psychosis and substance abuse from January 2009 to August 2011