Wichita leaders discuss mental health assistance with minority communities

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita’s nonprofit organizations continue their efforts to bring community members together while addressing diverse issues. This month’s discussion at the Evergreen Recreation Center focused on mental health and how we can better educate our community.

Yeni Telles, deputy director at Sunflower Community Action, said the goal of these monthly forms is to bring the community together and give minorities a chance to express themselves.

Community leaders say mental health is often not talked about in families of color, mentioning that many of them consider it taboo.

With sessions like this, the organizers hope that will soon change.

“Kansas is one of those states that says we often just don’t have a lot of resources in multiple languages. So this is an opportunity for our community to come together and find solutions,” Telles said.

“The more we normalize mental health, the more people will be willing and able to seek help,” added Marlene Ibarra, Hispanic Service Specialist at the Wichita Child Advocacy Center.

Ibarra says they have seen an increased number of mental health cases in their organization since the pandemic.

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