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The Power of Language in Discussing Suicide

The language we use to discuss suicide is important as it conveys implicit and explicit messages. It shapes our understanding of it and how we engage in conversation about it. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is defined as a death caused by self-directed, injurious behavior with the intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed potentially injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt might not result in injury. Finally, suicidal ideation refers to thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.

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A Closer Look at the Impact of Latino Family Dynamics on Mental Health

Latino families often hold deep-rooted values, traditions, and cultural norms that can both nurture and hinder mental well-being within the community. While there have been growing illustrations of these kinds of dynamics in pop culture (“Coco” and “Encanto”), the realities of long-standing Hispanic family traditions and values continue to both nurture and challenge mental well-being within the community. By examining this intersection, we can gain insights into the unique experiences and opportunities for growth in supporting mental health.

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