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Mental Health First Aid workshop presented in Spanish

08/18/2016 | Comments


COLORADO SPRINGS. The first Spanish-language Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) workshop in Colorado Springs was held Aug. 6 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.

The class was taught by MHFA-certified instructors Madeline Arroyo, Peer Specialist at Aspen Pointe, and Liliana Reyna, Leader of Individual Networking at Women Partnering.

The goal of the class was to increase awareness, reduce the stigma and provide people with resources in the community regarding mental illness. Due to the language barrier, Spanish-speaking people have even more challenges than English speakers in identifying and addressing mental-health problems.

Some of the comments made by class participants included: “I am taking this class because I am suffering with depression;” “I need help because I cry a lot for no reason at times;” “I saw my friend suffering from substance-use problems and I did not know what to do;” and “I am here to learn how to help my wife who is struggling with negative thoughts. I do not know what to do or who to contact.”

The class is designed to give people a basic knowledge of depression, anxiety, suicide, psychosis, substance use disorders and other mental illness.

Those who are interested in hosting a Mental Health First Aid workshop for their parish or organization can contact Liliana Reyna at

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