Latinos are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. As a result, there is an increasing need for Latinos to have culturally relevant information and resources about COVID-19.

To address this need, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched NAMI COVID-19 Información y Recursos, a Spanish-language version of its NAMI COVID-19 Information and Resources Guide.

NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. In support of its mission, the new guide from the grassroots mental health organization addresses frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus and lists resources available in Spanish.

Mental health concerns, such as social isolation, are widespread for Latinos during the stay-at-home orders for COVID-19. However, since those living with mental health conditions often face additional challenges associated with COVID-19, the guide includes information such as managing anxiety, finding online communities and getting affordable services. 

“It is more important than ever that everyone can access vital information to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthy,” said Daniel H. Gillison Jr., NAMI’s chief executive officer, in a statement.

“We hope by providing this resource in Spanish, we will help reduce barriers and increase access to needed services in order to advance NAMI’s mission of helping all people affected by mental illness build better lives,” he concluded.
The guide was created in partnership with Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), a nonprofit organization that strengthens Latino leadership, influence and equity by leveraging philanthropic resources.
“The compilation of Spanish-language resources in the guide will help staff in the extensive network of organizations we fund to have an easy-to-use resource to better inform members of the community,” said Ana Marie Argilagos, HIP’s chief executive officer and president.  

Click here to go to NAMI’s Spanish-language guide. Click here for NAMI’s related information in English.

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