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A woman sits at a welded steel table while another sleeps nearby on a lower bunk in the common area at the Northwest Detention Center.

Depression and anxiety are frequently part of the experience as immigrants adjust to a new culture separated from families, social networks and emotional support. Experts say there is a need for mental health services to help Hispanics, whose numbers are increasing because of immigration, including illegal immigration. Begin Part I >>

About the series:
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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