Too many Latina students in Philadelphia are confronting a mental health crisis. Over half of Latina high school girls in Philly feel persistently sad or hopeless. More than one in five considered suicide within the past year. And for LGBTQ Latina girls, the situation is even more dire. That’s why we released WE ARE NOT INVISIBLE: Latina Girls, Mental Health, and Philadelphia Schools.
This new report, co-authored with 13 Latina middle and high school students who live and learn in Philly, sheds light on the mental health challenges faced by Latina girls, toxic perceptions and approaches to mental health, and strategies for schools to do better. Not only are these students shattering the silence around mental health, they’ve created a policy agenda for school and district leaders, as well as elected officials that would create safer, more supportive schools for all students.