Merced, California - Zócalo Health, a virtual primary care company, is excited to announce the upcoming Cafecito, Cumbia & Salud Mental event, taking place on July 15th, 2023, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center in Merced, California. This event aims to raise awareness about mental health, remove the stigma associated with it, and foster a supportive and inclusive community for Latinos.
Inspired by the cherished tradition of gathering over cafecito and pan de dulce, the event seeks to recreate the warmth and open conversations found in Latin American families. Zócalo Health recognizes the need for safe spaces and discussions around mental health within the Latino community, where topics are often stigmatized or overlooked.
Latinos face unique challenges when it comes to mental health. According to national statistics, Latinos are less likely to receive mental health treatment compared to non-Latino whites, despite similar rates of mental health conditions. In fact, only 20% of Latino adults with a mental illness receive treatment, compared to 48% of non-Hispanic white adults. Additionally, language barriers and a lack of culturally sensitive care further hinder access to mental health services for Latinos. These statistics highlight the urgent need to address mental health disparities within the Latino community.
Zócalo Health aims to bridge this gap and promote mental health awareness within the Latino community through the Cafecito, Cumbia & Salud Mental event. The event will feature culturally-aligned educational programming facilitated by licensed mental health professionals. Attendees can expect workshops, presentations, and open discussions on mental health topics tailored to resonate with the Latino community. By addressing the specific needs and challenges faced by Latinos, Zócalo Health hopes to empower individuals to seek support, share their experiences, and access resources.
“Mental Health or Salud Mental is one of those topics that was always near and dear to my heart and one riddled with stigma,” said co-founder and CEO Erik Cardenas. “Some Latinos view mental illness as a sign of weakness, while others think it's a personal issue that you should keep quiet. Our event aims to raise awareness about mental health and remove the stigma associated with it, particularly within the Latino community”.
Zócalo Health believes that the success of Cafecito, Cumbia & Salud Mental demonstrates the urgent need for mental health services that remove stigma and promotes awareness within the Latino community. By working together, we can create a stronger and more supportive community that prioritizes mental health and well-being for all.