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The danger of Latina teen suicide

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Support group for Latina teens confronts depression, suicide
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, May 19, 2016

As suicide rates continue to rise amongst Latina teens in Milwaukee, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers is taking steps to provide support and treatment to the high risk youths through the SEEDS group treatment program– self-esteem, empowerment, empathy, and discovery of self. Sophia Boyd discusses the issues surrounding these suicide rates in Support group for Latina teens confront depression, suicide, published in the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, Urban Milwaukee and National Public Radio.

Although the exact cause of the increased suicide rate is uncertain, there are many contributing factors. From the pressure of assimilation into a new culture for immigrants, to the strains of conforming to traditional roles of a Hispanic household, Latina teens are experiencing countless forms of stress.

Sixteenth Street’s SEEDS program is one of the many programs and forms of treatment available to teens.  This group specifically aims to provide help to 13 to 16 year old Latina teens suffering from depression and anxiety through unique group therapy treatment.  There are also options for individual treatment and therapy available.

Interested in learning about Sixteenth Street’s SEEDS program?

Contact the Behavioral Health Department at 414-672-1353