Published: Sunday, December 7, 2008

Dan Bates / The Herald  (click to enlarge photo)
Cristina Mendez-Diaz pauses outside a downtown Seattle building with Herald reporter Sharon Salyer and La Raza reporter Alejandro Domínguez after appearing before a judge on June 24, 2008.

The team behind this special report:

Reporter Sharon Salyer was selected to participate in a fellowship program offered through The University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism focusing on the nation's growing ethnic diversity and health policies. Salyer, who reports on health and social issues, has worked at The Herald since 1985. She is a member of the board of the Western Washington Society of Professional Journalists and is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Reporter Alejandro Domínguez writes for the Spanish-language newspaper La Raza del Noroeste, a weekly newspaper that covers community news for the Hispanic community in the Puget Sound area. In September, he was granted American citizenship.

Photographer Dan Bates has been at The Herald since 1984. In nearly 30 years of work, he has won numerous awards from the National Press Photographers Association for his news, features and sports photography.

Story editing by Robert Frank, The Herald's city editor.

Design by Doug Parry, The Herald's presentation editor.

Video, slideshow and audio production by Elaine Helm, The Herald's new media editor.

Copy editing of the Spanish-language version of the series by Aileen Charleston, who was born in Mexico City. Her family moved to McAllen, Tex., when she was 12. She graduated in 2006 from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and French and a minor in anthropology. Earlier this year, she worked as an intern at the Federal Way Mirror before being hired at La Raza.

Sharon Salyer and Alejandro Domínguez’s reporting on the mental health challenges faced by Hispanics is part of a health journalism program offered through the Annenberg-California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, administered by the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication.

Table of contents
I: Alone Among Us (English)
I: Aislados Entre la Multitud (Español)

II: Fear of 'Loco' Label (English)
II: El miedo de ser llamado Loco (Español)

III: Cultures Turn to Traditional Ways to Heal (English)
III: Mezclando Los Dos Mundos (Español)

IV: Mental illness carries stigma among Asian cultures, too (English)
IV: Hispanos no son los únicos (Español)

Mental Health Resources

Audio and Video
View a video feature about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Tacoma.
View an audio slideshow about the practice of Jorge Ruiz Chacón, a curandero or natural healer.
Listen to Cristina Mendez-Diaz talk about being at the ICE detention center and her struggle with depression.
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Listen to Jordan Torres talk during his time at Sea Mar's youth treatment center about his battle with drugs and depression.
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Learn more about the writers, photographers and editors behind this project.
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