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Program offers free mental health care to Spanish-speaking adults over 60 in WA

Yakima Herald-Republic - 1/25/2024

Jan. 25—The University of Washington'sPsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department has a new program to help Spanish-speaking adults in the state access free mental health services.

Latino Spanish speakers 60 years of age and up experiencing symptoms of depression are eligible, according to a news release.

The interventions are part of a larger study looking into the effectiveness of virtual and text-based psychotherapy compared to the more traditional model of weekly psychotherapy sessions.

Participants will receive nine weeks of free, one-on-one intervention for depression. They will receive up to $130 total in compensation for participating.

All sessions are held via Zoom or phone.

The program, Do More Feel Better, is headed by the department's Creativ Lab, which focuses on personalized interventions and connecting underserved populations with mental health services.

Signs of depression can include persistent sad or anxious moods, feelings of irritability, frustration and restlessness, decreased energy and thoughts of death or suicide, according to the National Institute for Mental Health.

If interested, call the Creativ Lab at 206-616-2129. The lab has a Spanish line, which can be reached at 206-507-4155.

Santiago Ochoa's reporting for the Yakima Herald-Republic is possible with support from Report for America and community members through the Yakima Valley Community Fund. For information on republishing, email news@yakimaherald.com.

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