COLORADO: Suicide Prevention Program Gives Latina Teens Voice through Art

June 17, 2016
News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News
State:  Colorado

CBS4

A program run by the Mental Health Center of Denver is working to reduce suicide rates among Latina adolescents through peer-to-peer support, adult mentoring, and art therapy. Voz y Corazon, which means “voice and heart,” was founded 13 years ago by community members in response to high rates of suicide attempts in the young, Latina population. The program provides a safe space for teens to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Said program coordinator Michelle Tijerina, “We’re trying to help our young people feel like they can express both what’s going on with them, but also what’s in their heart.”

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Populations:  Adolescents, Hispanics and Latinos
Planning and Implementing:  Culturally Based Practices
Strategies:  Connectedness