Netflix Show May Help Latino Families Discuss Mental Health
A controversial, but popular, Netflix show that deals with a teenager’s suicide has gotten a lot of attention since it premiered and some Latinos seem to agree that the show has gotten the conversation going about mental health. Maggie Fuentes, a recent college graduate from Denver, Colorado who has seen the series, states:
In my family, we don’t discuss mental health and suicide as often as we should, it is viewed as a stigma in the Latino culture. Oftentimes we perceive mental health as something negative and usually something that you don’t talk about.
’13 Reasons Why’ deals with topics such as mental illness, suicide, and depression and has stirred controversy among mental health professionals and several school districts nationally. Many Latino families do not openly discuss these topics, but the topics are certainly important to discuss and should not be ignored. According to a 2015 Centers for Disease Control report, Latinos reported more suicide attempts than Caucasian and African-American high school students, which include suicide attempts that result in injury or overdoses and higher incidences of thinking or planning an attempt. Although the show is controversial for the way it portrays mental health, it has nonetheless brought some attention to something that is often overlooked.
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