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Suicide Prevention Week was in October but really, every day is suicide prevention day. Depression is the culprit with so many circumstances that can be the contributor to having a hopeless day. It could be a brain chemistry imbalance or some type of illness, from genetics to traumatic life experiences, or even acute reactions to medications and drugs that can create a challenging moment. The young Latino community – especially immigrants - experience bullying and loneliness from not fitting into the local culture; it’s devastating. There are so many situations that can interfere with our happiness. Can we manage our moods by sitting with someone that is willing to listen and not be critical? A trustworthy friend, a family member, someone in the community, or a trained therapist can help someone in need. We can be helpful by keeping our eyes and ears open for signs of behavioral changes in a person and encouraging them to get help.
The holidays are coming and many of us have a difficult time because we can’t be with family for different reasons, but we must not let ourselves fall into a problem state of mind. Yes, we can mourn, we can cry, we can recall our loved ones who are not with us, but we can also celebrate by paying tribute as is done with the Day of the Dead tradition. Or we can just create our own tradition in the form of a prayer, a poem, a song or even cooking something special that reminds us of home and our loved ones. It’s also ok to just sit with our memories. We still have those that are with us, present, and who may go through the same feelings as us. We can be supportive of them and take care of ourselves as well. Look forward to the holidays to enjoy and create new memories with those around you.
Peace is Love, Amor es Paz,
MENTORING AND EMPOWERING LATINAS
As we re-engage in this fast-paced world, where days pass too quickly and work never ends, we still need to learn and grow. Whether it’s about ourselves, our family, or our job, we continue to gather information about our culture and our understanding of who we are and where we want to go. With 20 Latin American countries and the 37 million women who identify as Hispanic/Latinas in the United States of America, there’s much to share on how they have taken their steps forward to improve their lives and of their family.
From crossing the border with no shoes, to being a U.S.A. born Latina, or living in the Latin American country where you were born, or wherever life circumstances have led us, We March On!
LEARN, LIVE, AND GROW
Some of you are dreaming of a career. Others are working on a degree or studying to get a necessary license. Then again, many of us are already working or at home caring for the family. We can be empowered and share the power with those around us. No matter what type of work we want or already have, we have the power to share and grow. We have dreamers in school or working and looking for a better opportunity. After all, how many opportunities of work are out there if we have the training or willing to get trained, and what’s stopping us from moving forward? For “Dreamers” it’s a legal document, but that doesn’t stop them from moving forward – they keep training, they stay informed, and they participate in events that may open the opportunity to citizenship. We know we need talented workers as we see the “Help Wanted” or “We’re Hiring” signs everywhere we go as well as online. Be open for an inspiration or motivation or an experience to move forward.
Employees are needed in so many fields such as health care, education, the environment, green energy, engineering, construction, IT (information technology), technology, entertainment, and so much more - like business and in services. Sometimes we’re not sure what we want due to a lack of exposure to the various possibilities. Sometimes we need a little help to see around us and see what’s available - Someone to help us open our eyes. No matter at what age, we all could use a little help. Be supportive of one another and the good will feed your soul and good karma will clear the way to move forward.
Seeking a mentor is a very valuable step for guidance or hearing from someone else’s experience. Sometimes we need someone to encourage us into following our dream. Sometimes we need someone to tell us we’re on the right path or just someone to listen. Share your story or your question. Come in and join us. Be mentored or be mentor.
The world doesn’t stop moving. Join us to learn and share. Let’s empower each other to build an inspiring community. Read the profiles of our Latinas presented here. You’ll learn of early warriors helping to shape their countries, Afro-Latinas that were ignored and are now gaining recognition, Latinas in the arts, as writers and in music, and in science and government and even in space. As well as Presidents in Latin America, and as a Supreme Court Justice in the United States. Let us not forget the history of the Latinas of the past, and the present, that can stir our passion for achieving our roles of the future.
Adela Dalto, M.A., is a Professional Counselor offering her services as a mentor to help inform and inspire you. Want to offer your services here at MujeresLatinas.com? Want to share your story? Ask someone you know to share their story. Want to sell in our Boutique? Write to us at: [email protected].
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
As the weeks go by, we will be adding more profiles of Latinas we have discovered who can inspire others with the same interests from music to science. New stories, new experiences, new testimonials that have helped Latinas to stay motivated and moving forward - Adelante!