Nopal Kweenz Podcast

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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 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 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!

Episode 6: Tidying Up Your Mental Health

In this episode, we discuss how to emotionally de-clutter, inspired by the foundations of Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Get ready to tidy up your mental health as we explore defense mechanisms and distorted thinking patterns that can negatively impact our family, social and work relationships. If you've been feeling an urge to do some cleansing of old habits to make room for a new you, join us in episode 6 to explore ways to increase your mental health and wellness!

Episode 5: Let’s Get Into It

For episode 5, we partnered with La Gente Podcast! La Gente started with 1 goal in mind, to create a platform where all POCs could have a voice and where all POCs could find a community. Ashley & Edgar aim to bring on guests of all colors, of all races, and of all genders to share THEIR narrative on La Gente Podcast. They discuss topics that concern POC communities, women, the LGBTQ community and have explored topics such as immigration, young mothers, education, rape culture and so much more! In this episode, Nopal Kweenz and La Gente Podcast answer questions from the listeners, unpacking issues such as toxic masculinity, the impact of mental health on the Latinx community, unique experiences of first-generation college students, and more! Tune in and join the conversation as we continue to increase awareness and empowerment of our gente around the topic of salud mental.

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Episode 4: Latinos y Mental Health

Hola Comunidad! Episode numero cuatro is finally here! We are excited to introduce our very first Nopal Kweenz guest and tackle an issue that was influenced by our listener feedback. In this episode, we talk about Latinos y Mental Health with a focus on the psychological wellness of our male identified folx. Tune in as we break down misconceptions, gender norms and stigmas. This episode is a safe space for males to embrace their emotions. Vulnerability is strength and we are here for it!

Episode 3: Traditions & Transitions

Pongansen “El seatbelt”, pop in your headphones, or prop your feet up porque Nopal Kweenz are here rolling out episode Numero 3: Traditions and Transitions. In this discussion, we highlight the importance of weaving in traditional healing approaches such as faith, spirituality and family acceptance into therapy when serving our Latinx Communities. We also reflect on the challenges of setting boundaries in a Latinx familia during our own journeys of self-discovery. The Nopal Kweenz get real and talk about managing life when things are overwhelming and how we allow ourselves to take breaks to recharge. As always, we sign off with affirmations for our gente out there sharing in the struggles of balancing self-identity with family traditions and expectations.

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