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 the effects of a natural Disaster. As we continue covering the mental health crisis in Puerto Rico, together let’s support these Boricuas that are doing the work on the ground by donating and sharing their important work! Listen to the episode and learn about about how mental health workshops contribute to community health.
Donate to Crear Con Salud here!
And Follow them and share their Facebook Page here!
Staff of Crear Con Salud:
- VANESSA TORRES LLENZA MD
- HECTOR COLON-RIVERA MD CMRO
- CARISSA CABAN ALEMAN MD
- DIMAS TIRADO-MORALES MD
- AURALYD PADILLA CANDELARIO MD
About the Organization:
We are a non-profit organization founded by a group of Puerto Rican psychiatrists living and practicing in the United States. We are committed to Puerto Rico’s mental health and with the mission of fostering efforts that strengthen the island’s mental health services and workforce. In 2014 we started by organizing yearly mental health awareness tours in which we traveled to Puerto Rico to motivate students to pursue medical and mental health careers. Then we arranged community activities, workshops and interdisciplinary forums to educate and motivate communities and students and to share ideas with our peers practicing in Puerto Rico about how to improve and strengthen the island’s mental health care system.
The Five topics they include in their Mental Health Workshops:
- Psychological Effects of a Disaster
And something I learned about recently was a EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program that will be offering trauma training (for licensed mental health professionals) in San Juan on August 10th!
Please share this important training that can be found here: https://www.emdrhap.org/content/event-registration-form/?eventID=1414
- The Puerto Rico Hotline/Linea Pas is 1800-981-0023
- AMSCA in Puerto Rico can be found here
- Hospital Panamericano: Outpatient Mental health option
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger please call 911.
The Doctora also wanted to give a shout-out to these non profits and organizations they collaborated with:
Movimiento Una Sola Voz
Puerto Rico Stands among others