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Hispanic Heritage Month: Mental health resource list for Hispanic communities

Central Texas therapists said there are not enough mental health services that are available to people in Hispanic communities in Central Texas.

CENTRAL, Texas — Therapists in Central Texas said the area lacks mental health services for Hispanic communities.

Within these communities, there is already a stigma against seeking help with mental health.

"There is a lack of acknowledgement of what you went through and acknowledgment of feeling your feelings," mental health professional, Dr. Eleny Guerrero Pena, said.

For some, it is the fear of sharing personal issues with the world, a fear of being deported, and monetary issues.

"When you have to narrow it down to a language, a custom or an ethnicity, it's even harder to have access to services," mental health professional, Dr. Andrea Vargas, said.

That's why Dr. Guerrero Pena makes sure she provides bilingual services and services to immigrants.

Here is a list of mental health services that provide bilingual services or can point you in the direction of one:

La Puerta, Latinx Therapy, Heart of Texas Behavioral Health, Network Counseling Center, Waco Family Medicine, Nami Texas,

There is also the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can reach them at 988 or 1-888-628-9454.

Along with a Crisis Text Line at 741 text AYUDA or 422-AYUDAME on What’s App

National Domestic Violence Hotline; 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233). They have bilingual advocates and access to the ATT language line.

National Mental Health Association Help Line; 1-800-969-6642 (press 1 any time during English announcement).

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