With program sites in the Bronx , Brooklyn , Queens and Manhattan — Washington Heights , LIP provides activities that directly related to the risk factors that result in suicide ideation. To be eligible for LIP, a Latina teen must be between 12 and 18 years of age, be diagnosed with depression or living with a mental illness or have seriously considered or attempted suicide, be enrolled in school and have parental permission. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in New York State and Latina adolescents have alarmingly high rates of seriously considering or attempting suicide, as compared to their peers. According to the U. In New York City, the number for the same group was To meet the cultural and linguistic needs of the teens and their families, all program activities are available in English and Spanish.
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After two years of ESL classes, she learned firsthand how hard it is to get a green card — and what that means. Later, while attending college, Claudia took a job as an intake counselor at Life Is Precious, a nonprofit that treats young women from Brooklyn and the Bronx who had just been released from hospitals after trying to take their lives — often after a second attempt. She was shocked to learn that, in New York City, 39 percent of Latinas become pregnant as teenagers, 37 percent drop out of school, and 23 percent attempt suicide. They came to the program to vent, but I had no medium for venting myself.
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Growing up in North Philadelphia in a Latino household, we never talked about mental health. But I knew something was off when, at age 15, I stopped wanting to go to school and was feeling depressed. Like many kids, I turned to my mom first — telling her I wanted to talk to somebody. But the Latino community faces a lot of stigmas when it comes to our mental health. As a community, only 20 percent of us who have symptoms of a psychological disorder will talk to a doctor about our concerns and, even worse, only 10 percent of Latinos will contact a mental-health specialist, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health.
Health expert Jane Delgado explains, along with teacher and former teen mother Christina Martinez. Michel Martin is away. There has been a lot of progress in reducing the number of teen pregnancies over the last few decades. Rates have declined across all ethnic groups.