EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, The Wall Las Memorias — a local community health and wellness organization dedicated to serving minority and underserved populations — will hold a free community event at its Boyle Heights hub on Sunday.
The event is called "Honoring Our Women, Nurturing Our Soul" and aims to draw attention to mental health issues in the Latino and LGBTQ+ communities.
International performer Charo and Mexican actor-singer Beatriz Adriana will join the event to discuss how they overcame their personal struggles with mental health. They will also address fighting the stigma that mental illness carries.
Mental health experts, spiritual leaders and community leaders — including Theresa Martinez, chair of TWLM, and Richard Zaldivar, executive director and founder of TWLM — will also attend.
Mental Health resource tables will be provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and Alma Family Services. The evening will include a sound bath, music by Mariachi Divas by Cindy Shea and dinner.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, and one in six U.S. youth (ages 6-17) experience a mental health disorder each year. Additionally, 20% of the Hispanic adult community and 50% of the adult LGBTQ+ community experiences mental illness.
Event sponsors include the LA County Department of Mental Health, Take Action for Mental Health, Mental Health Services at California and Proposition 63.
To learn more about TWLM, please visit here.