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Break the Silence: Challenges with Latinx/Hispanic Mental Health Representation in America

Event Date:

October 23, 2020

Event Time:

4:00 pm

Latinx and Hispanic communities face significant disparities in both access to and quality of mental healthcare in the United States. Despite showing similar vulnerability to mental health issues as the White population, only 1 in 10 Latinx/Hispanic adults with symptoms of a psychological disorder approach a mental health professional (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). Barriers to access include health insurance coverage, language barriers, stigma associated with mental disorders, lack of information, legal status and misdiagnosis due to lack of cultural competence.

As our commitment to continue the conversation on inclusivity, intersectionality and anti-racism in mental health, Chicago Minds is delving into a series of panel discussions focused on the experiences of different cultural/ ethnic groups in seeking and providing mental health care.

The Latinx/Hispanic community represents a rich mix of diverse and complex histories, which is important to understand in the context of providing mental health care. In this session, we invite 4 panelists with extensive experience working with Latinx and Hispanic populations of various backgrounds and identities. Through their unique personal and professional journeys, they share their reflections and thoughts on the challenges faced by Latinx/ Hispanic populations in seeking and providing mental health care.

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ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Rosemary Magaña, LCPC

Rosemary is the founder of Adelante Counseling and Wellness, which provides individual and group therapy, consultation, and wellness workshops. Rosemary’s work is informed by a strengths based, social justice, trauma informed lens that acknowledges the psychological effects of systemic oppression on individuals and communities. After several years in community mental health and support work, Rosemary transitioned her career to higher education by taking a role at Columbia College Chicago. Rosemary developed a specialty in working with college age people, further growing her career by transitioning to Northwestern University’s Counseling & Psychological Services, where she became the Liaison to the Latinx and First Generation Low Income student community. Rosemary also serves as an executive board member of the nonprofit agency Mujeres Latinas en Accion which supports Latinx identified women and families who are survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and facilitates community organizing to advocate for immigrant rights, women’s health, and economic equity.

Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, LICSW, PHM-C, RPT-S, BCD

Meyleen Velasquez is a psychotherapist specializing in perinatal and infant mental health. She is a social work doctoral student focusing her research on anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in mental health. Her practice supports individuals identifying as women and clinicians working on practicing from an anti-oppressive framework.

Daviree L. Velasquez Phillip

Daviree L. Velázquez Phillip (she/her/hers) serves the Northwestern University community as the Director for Multicultural Student Affairs. Daviree is responsible for providing leadership and management for the programs, services, and staff within MSA. In addition, Daviree serves as an advocate for students whose gender, ethnicity, race, and sexual identities play a primary role in their university experience while working with the larger community to continue developing the efficacy and capacity to engage in inclusion work. Daviree earned her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at Loyola University Chicago and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from DePaul University. Prior to arriving at NU, Daviree worked in residence life and student conduct. Daviree has extensive experience with intergroup dialogue, developing affinity spaces, and creating programs that allow students to better understand themselves and others while developing the skills to engage across differences. Daviree is also the lead consultant for Together & Through, a counseling and consulting organization centering the healing of marginalized communities.

Elizabeth Diaz, LCSW

Elizabeth Diaz is a Clinical Social Worker in the Chicagoland area. She works in both micro- and mesosystems. She is a therapist in private practice and an abuse prevention specialist with the Children’s Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook County specializing in sexual abuse prevention. She is also a field consultant at the University of Chicago, helping graduate students bridge academic knowledge with their clinical skills. Her fields of interest and specialties include trauma, the intersectionality of trauma and developmental disabilities, human trafficking, cult indoctrination, working with the Latinx community, and developmental, relational, and attachment disturbances.

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Event Schedule Details

  • October 23, 2020 4:00 pm   -   November 17, 2020 5:15 pm
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