OUR MISSION IS TO DESTIGMATIZE MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & EDUCATION
"be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
Our logo is a symbol of unity. The uneven break in the circle represents healing, emotions, and a reminder that mental health looks different for each individual and that the process of getting there is NOT linear. The circle represents community and togetherness.
OUR FOUNDING STORY
The story of Que Paso Latinx starts with the childhood of our founder Maria. Maria’s mother struggled with bipolar disorder from the age of 10. Maria had an unstable childhood due to the challenges posed by her mother’s condition. When Maria was a 16-year-old high school student trying to find her place in the world she began to learn about her mother’s bipolar disorder. The education Maria received from the Scientific Research Program at Lincoln High School sparked her passion for learning about mental health.
She went off to Mercy College to study Behavioral Sciences. This enabled her to dig deeper into psychology. The more Maria understood about psychology, the more she was able to understand her mother. After graduating from college, the knowledge and psychoeducation she received at school empowered Maria to form her own organization. She is creating the kinds of mental health awareness programs she wishes had existed when she started to learn about her mother’s illness—programs that can benefit public school children today. She envisions the ability to create systematic change by bringing these programs into the public-school systems. “Just as physical education is a subject in school,” says Maria, “mental health should be its own course of study.”