Well Together is a new initiative in partnership with Texas Health Resources, focusing on mental health within the Dallas Hispanic community in high-risk areas (Zip Codes 75211, 75212, 75217, and 75231). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, roughly 70% of Hispanics do not receive treatment for diagnosed mental illness.
The stigma surrounding mental health in the Hispanic community, misdiagnoses due to cultural differences, fear of legal status, language, all act as barriers preventing those who need help, from seeking help. The unique component of our Well Together program is the use of volunteer Promotoras, or members of the Hispanic community who, in this case, have been specially trained to provide basic mental health education and case management, without being professional health care workers.
As a volunteer, Promotoras are critical to the success of the Well Together program volunteering an average of 30-62 hours from training to working directly with families. Each Promotora goes through an extensive 12 week training program, where they receive 18-hours of instruction on Mental Health problems in the USA, ALGEE plan, Substance Use Disorder, Eating Disorders, Depression, Suicide, and Anxiety. Once training is completed, our Promotoras are now ready to promote mental wellness in their community.
Each Promotora works with six families in their community, meeting with them (virtually) twice a month for 15-40 minutes over the course of four months, for a total of eight sessions. The Promotora helps identify any mental health needs and works with the family to ensure they receive resources and/or referrals they may need.
If you’re interested in serving your community and help destigmatize mental health, we are in need of 6 more volunteers to be Promotoras!
Are you interested in a virtual Promotora visit?
Do you need help or think you need help with a Mental Health illness? Then sign-up and you’ll be contacted by a Promotora once training is finished in March.
This program is sponsored by: