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HHF and Twitter to host Mental Health LOFT Charla on October 10th in Washington, DC, in recognition of National Mental Health Day

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Latinos and Allies to Share Personal Experiences, Ideas, Actions and Projects through a Series of Five-Minute Back-to-Back Presentations

 Washington, D.C. – To create awareness during World Mental Health Day, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Twitter will be providing a safe space to discuss Latinx mental health experiences, perspectives, and ideas, on Thursday, October 10th, from 5:30pm – 8:00pm at Twitter’s offices in Washington, D.C.

“It’s critical that our community can come together to address mental health, which is a normal part of our lives, families’ lives, community’s lives. Addressing your mental health is a sign of strength not weakness.” Said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “Mental health issues are prevalent among Latinx the way it is among other ethnic groups, however, only 1 in 10 pursue treatment from a mental health provider. We hope these Charlas can help erode the stigmas around mental health issues in our community because it’s normal! We all deal with it so let’s deal with it!”

Charlas are HHF’s interactive, audience-led, dynamic platforms organized across the country on a variety of topics. At the Charlas, the actual community is able to present, discuss and share personal experiences as well as ideas, actions and projects through a series of five-minute, back-to-back presentations which range from extemporaneous to formal.

RSVP at https://bit.ly/2IvT0YC to attend or submit a presentation topic to be considered as a presenter. Allies are welcomed.

“We’re delighted to once again partner with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation — on this occasion for a ‘charla’ on mental health issues,” said Colin Crowell, Twitter’s Global Vice President of Public Policy and Philanthropy for Twitter, Inc. “Charlas are an opportunity to connect with one another, and they provide an opportunity for individuals to share their diverse stories and perspectives. Twitter believes that diversity is a source of strength, and we want to be a resource for the people who make this service unique.”

Charlas are focused on SPEAKing, LISTENing, CONNECTing, and STRENGTHENing the Latinx community in an effort to also encourage collaboration, support and connectivity. The participants leave with new perspectives, inspirations, and a stronger network. Participants continue to be engaged through HHF’s LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Network and the organization’s year-round programs.

About Hispanic Heritage Foundation  

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects innovative Latino leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles with satellite workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org) Follow HHF on Facebook and Twitter

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