Latina mental health / Veterans Court

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Noelia Rivera-Calderón is the lead author of the National Women's Law Center report on Latina students and mental health. (Courtesy of Noelia Rivera-Calderón)

Noelia Rivera-Calderón is the lead author of the National Women's Law Center report on Latina students and mental health. (Courtesy of Noelia Rivera-Calderón)

Guests: Timothy Wynn, Carolina Hausmann-Stabile, Noelia Riveria-Calderon, Angela Calderon

Latina girls in Philadelphia are struggling with serious mental health problems that are too often ignored. A new report from the National Women’s Law Center, written with Latina middle and high school students in Philadelphia, found that over half of the Latinas surveyed felt persistently sad and hopeless, 22%  considered suicide in the past year, and almost 15% attempted suicide. These rates are higher than Caucasian teens or Latino boys. This hour, we talk about the high rates of depression and suicide among Latina girls, the stigma that surrounds it, the cultural forces that contribute to it and how it can be addressed. Our guests are CAROLINA HAUSMANN-STABILE, assistant professor of social work at Bryn Mawr College, NOELIA RIVERA-CALDERÓN, co-author of the National Women’s Law Center report: “We Are Not Invisible: Latina Girls, Mental Health, and Philadelphia Schools,” and ANGELA CALDERÓN, a senior at El Centro  de Estudiantes. But first, we’re going to speak with Marine Corps Veteran TIMOTHY WYNN, who will tell us about his time in combat, the difficulty of coming home, and why he got involved in the Veterans Court.

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