How a ‘perfect storm’ of issues during the pandemic has led to a mental health crisis in Latinx communities

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Design: Nathalie Cruz for Yahoo Life
Design: Nathalie Cruz for Yahoo Life

July is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Mental Health Month, also referred to as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In an effort to bring awareness to struggles that people of color face regarding mental health in the U.S., Yahoo Life is republishing this story. It was originally published on April 30, 2020 at 2:06 p.m. ET.

Experts say that many Latinx communities across the United States are in the midst of a mental health crisis during the coronavirus pandemic because of economic and public health disparities as well as cultural stigma around mental health issues.

Margarita Alegria, a professor at the Harvard Medical School and chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, says the combination of stress over employment, lack of insurance and lack of information has created a perfect storm for Latinx communities. 

“These disparities have been amplified

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