This story was not easy to recount, so I have to thank my guest Noris for sharing a difficult conversation about her mom's application to FEMA. It all began with a search bar, where Noris typed out but could not find her mother's property on FEMA's map. Reeling from the aftermath of the Hurricane and… Continue reading Shocking story: FEMA denies existence of property
This week we follow up on the Mental Health conversation with Dr. Vanessa Torres Llenza from George Washington University who is a psychiatrist with an organization called "Crear Con Salud" that she helped start. They lead mental health workshops in Puerto Rico and our discussion uncovers some interesting insights into what helps people cope with… Continue reading Crear Con Salud: Mental Health from La Diaspora
This week's episode, we cover three notable Puerto Rican Community Leaders, that were panelists in an event in Boston, MA on June 28. The Community Leaders talk about their work after Maria, the call to Audit the Debt, and the revolution that Puerto Rico needs to fight the injustice of colonialism. Their thought-provoking discussion is… Continue reading Stories from the Diaspora: Estelas De Maria
This episode will be a bit of a surprise for some of you! Listen in to see why! Art is a powerful way to heal, as well as an important tool for addressing social issues. Two theatre artists, Eury and Zuleira, from the island join us to speak about their initiatives since Hurricane Maria, giving… Continue reading Vueltabajo Sitio: Supporting Local Artists!
This week's episode is on stigma, suicide and the actions we can take to help amidst the mental health crisis in Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria, as the crisis deepened we heard stories of loss, we heard that suicide hotline calls more than doubled, and saw our loved ones experiencing so much anxiety and stress.… Continue reading The Unspoken Illness: #MentalHealth #Suicide