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St Mary Partners with Los Angles County Department of Mental Health


Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has joined together with Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center to offer workshops for the Latino population in Long Beach.

According to program coordinator Javier Nevarez, “Promotores de Salud Mental” is intended to bring awareness to the underserved Latino communities about mental health.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Postpartum depression in particular affects as many as 1 in 7 women—far too many of whom go undiagnosed and untreated. According to St. Mary clinical social worker Sara Seaton, “We need more transparency and understanding in society that it is okay to talk about Maternal Depression. It is not a weakness, it is not something to fear, it is not something the person themselves caused.” 

“Promotores de Salud Mental” Workshop Series

Who           

New and/or pregnant moms (Spanish speaking)

What       

The first educational session will focus on symptoms and treatment of depression, including postpartum depression. Additional classes will be held throughout the summer on topics of anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug prevention, grief and loss, mental health stigma and childhood disorders. All sessions are held in Spanish only. See the complete listing of classes offered.

When                      

Series begins Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Where

Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center
Mary Hilton Mother and Child Center
529 E. 10th Street, 2nd Floor, Long Beach, CA 90813. 

Dignity Health’s commitment to families, mothers and their children is to increase awareness, provide treatment, and remove the stigma associated with mental health. The facilitators for “Promotores de Salud Mental” have had 128 hours of extensive training and are passionate about educating their communities on both adult and childhood disorders. Early intervention is key to prevention. 

About Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center

Founded in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center is a highly-regarded 389-bed, acute care, nonprofit hospital that offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient and related health and wellness services to the greater Long Beach area.  St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of high-quality, compassionate care that brings both healing and humanity to the body, mind and spirit of our patients.  We deliver care to the sick while providing direct services to the underserved and advocate on their behalf.   

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