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Episode 16: Si Se Puede: Celebrating the Class of 2020

In this episode, Nopal Kweenz celebrate the graduating class of 2020 with a special focus on the mental health impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on graduating seniors. From K-12 to Universities, graduates from all over are grieving the loss of their last months of school. For the Latinx community, graduation symbolizes a family's strength, resilience, and promise for a better tomorrow. Losing this tradition has been devastating for some of our gente. We explore these feelings, highlight and lift up our seniors, honor their hard work, and offer ways to cope through this time. Graduates and their loved ones don't want to miss out on this very special episode! ¡Felicidades!

Episode 15: Coping Through National Crisis

Hola Communidad! Episode 15 is here and we are dropping it Quarantine Style! Like all of you, Nopal Kweenz are staying in our casitas and doing our part to keep ourselves and others safe. This episode is all about learning how to Cope Through a National Crisis. We decided to create space for this conversation because we are all impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we honor the genuine feelings that people are experiencing, discuss how stress shows up in our bodies, and share how to take care of ourselves when things are uncertain. You all need to know... We are in this together!

 

Here are some Mental Health Websites and Hotlines to check out:

COVID19.CA.GOV

Virusanxiety.com

NAMI.org

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK (8255) 

Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741-741 

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Line - 800-985-5990

The National Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-799-SAFE (7233)

The National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Episode 14: There Is No Right Way To Be Latina, Latino, Or Latinx

In this episode, the Nopal Kweenz explore the many layers of Latinidad from a holistic lens. We get into the racial identity model, acculturation, and hear from listeners about their own experiences defining Latinidad. We explore the impact it has on how we build identity as Latinx individuals living in the United States and how this ties into our mental health. Our intention for this episode is to provide rich dialogue so that you walk away feeling validated and free to identify however you want! After all, there's no right way to be Latina, Latino, or Latinx. Do you, boo!

Episode 13: Thriving and Surviving the Holidays

We are ending the year with 13 episodes in the books! Thank you all for the love and support. We have had a great year and truly enjoyed producing episodes for you all. To wrap it up we are ending the year with a fun episode focused on how to Thrive during the holiday season. We share some of our favorite memories, we honor our loved ones and we create a space to talk about mental health during this time. Grab a snack, some headphones o ponte el seatbelt this one is a fun one yall!

Episode 12: Life and Loss - Celebrating and Grieving Our Loved Ones

In this capítulo, we honor life and talk about the ways that we celebrate our loved ones who have passed away, from our perspectives in Salvadorian and Mexican culture. We share some personal stories about our experiences with life and loss, as well as discuss bereavement and the stages of grief.

Episode 11: Hot Mess Summer

Hola Gente,

We are officially back! We are bringing you our 11th episode and we are so excited to share it with all of you! If you are curious as to why we have been MIA, then you don't want to miss out on this episode. In this episode, we get raw and real about the transitions we have been going through as a team. This episode is genuine and real. It is essential for all of you, our listeners, to know that we are human and just like you, and we go through heavy stuff too. It was not easy to be vulnerable, but we felt that you all deserved to see this part of us. We hope you all enjoy this episode!

Con mucho Amor,

Nopal Kweenz

Episode 10: Listener Questions

Can you believe it! We made it to episode 10! Nopal Kweenz would like to thank all of our listeners for the love and support that you have shown us this far. To show you all a token of our gratitude we have chosen to dedicate this episode to you! Tune in to hear us answer some of the questions that you all submitted. This was a super fun episode. We definitely enjoyed reading and answering your questions! Thank you all for participating.

 Con mucho amor,

 Nopal Kweenz

Episode 9: Let’s Get Real about ACE’s and PTSD

What are ACE’s? Adverse Childhood Experiences are events or circumstances that are present in the first 18 years of life such as abuse, neglect, and household challenges. ACE’s can have a significant impact on future outcomes of health, violence, victimization, and traumatization. In this episode, Nopal Kweenz provide insight into the ACE’s study that was done by Kaiser, the potential impact that ACE’s can have on our Latinx community, as well as take a deeper dive into PTSD, which is one of the potential negative outcomes of having adverse childhood experiences. Knowledge is power gente! Nopal Kweenz are here to educate our gente and put you up on some important game about ACE’s and PTSD!

Episode 8: Can We Chill?

Episode 8 is here! We can’t believe we have made it this far! Grab a snack, some headphones or put on your seatbelt and take a ride with us. In this episode, we get into the pressures of living in a culture of “What’s next?”. We share our experiences and talk about how the “What’s next?” culture in the US impacts our own culture, as well as our relationships with our family, ourselves and our mental health.  

Episode 7: Demystifying Mental Health Disorders

Episode 7 is here! Y’all ready? Our mission is to empower Latinx communities to take charge of their Mental Health, by spreading knowledge and awareness to topics that historically have been and are still taboo. In this episode, we break down Mental Health disorders that are not talked about enough. We focus on Major Depression, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. If you are interested in gaining some insight and awareness on these topics, we invite you to grab your headphones and/or jump in our car and press play! Let’s get into it!

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