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“The Impact of COVID-19 on Latina Adolescent Mental Health” – A Virtual Townhall.

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“The Impact of COVID-19 on Latina Adolescent Mental Health” – a virtual townhall about the impact of COVID-19 on Latina teens at-risk of suicide and solutions to reduce the issues that resulted in the health disparities that led to the Hispanic population being severely impacted by the pandemic. Hosted by Comunilife, the nonprofit organization that developed and operates Life is Precious™ (LIP), the first and only suicide Latina adolescents’ suicide prevention program in the nation.  Featuring noted speakers including keynote remarks by Dr. Jane Delgado (President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health), Dr. Myla Harrison, Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner Mental Health, NYC DOHMH, and federal, New York State and New York City Elected Officials.


WHEN?

Thursday, May 13, 20216:00 – 7:00pm (EST)


WHERE?

Zoom**Sign-up is required. Event link provided upon signing-up. 

To register, 

click here – https://cts.vresp.com/c/?ComunilifeInc./9c1f51b4a5/TEST/b057d295f4

WHO?·       

Dr. Rosa M. Gil, Founder and CEO of Comunilife and Life Is Precious™·       Dr. Jane Delgado, President and CEO of The National Alliance for Hispanic Health·      Dr. Myla Harrison, Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner Mental Health, NYC  Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ·      Nydia Velazquez, U.S. Congress Member·      Catalina Cruz, NY State Assembly Member·       Carmen De La Rosa, NYS Assembly Member·       Nathalia Fernandez, NY State Assembly Member·       Diana Ayala, NYC Council Member·       Carlina Rivera, NYC Council Member   ·      Latina teens enrolled in the Life is Precious™ program and their mothers

BACKGROUND

CDC statistics continue to show that Latina adolescents remain among the highest suicide-risk populations in the United States.  In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, Comunilife, the nonprofit organization that established Life is Precious™, the first and only suicide prevention program for Latina teens, will host a Townhall meeting to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted Latina adolescent mental health; search for solutions to the health disparities that have disproportionately impacted Hispanics and other communities of color during the pandemic; and how targeted and successful programs such as LIP can save lives. Comunilife invites the community at large and the press to sign-up and attend the virtual discussion. 

ABOUT COMUNILIFE:


For 32 years, Comunilife has been committed to providing vulnerable communities with housing and culturally sensitive supportive services. We believe that no one should be without the housing and supports they needs to lead a healthy and meaningful life. With programs that include supportive and affordable housing, medical respite services and Latina adolescent suicide prevention activities, Comunilife served more than2,700 low-income and vulnerable New Yorkers in 2020. 90% of our clients are African American or Latino; and 50% have Spanish as their primary (or sole) language. All struggle with profound challenges including chronic homelessness; HIV/AIDS and other major medical issues; serious mental illnesses and substance abuse. Comunilife develops programs to meet emerging community needs and gap in services as evidenced by our Medical Respite and Life is Precious™ Suicide Prevention Programs. 

ABOUT LIFE IS PRECIOUS™:


Comunilife’s Life is Precious™ Program, which opened in 2008, provides non-clinical services to girls’ ages 12 to 17, who are at-risk of suicide, in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. LIP’s activities, which include academic support, creative arts therapies, music lessons, wellness activities and concrete family services, are designed to reduce the risk factors associated with Latina adolescent suicide. In response to the COVID pandemic, all of LIP’s lifesaving core services moved online, in March 2020, with program staff checking in with the teens and families daily. New family centered concrete services were developed to meet emerging COVID related family, economic, social and medical needs. 

MEDIA CONTACT:Illyse Kaplan: (201) 803-4585 / ikaplan@comunilife.orgwww.comunilife.orgwww.comunilifelip.org

“The Impact of COVID-19 on Latina Adolescent Mental Health” – A Virtual Townhall.