After losing a significant other to suicide, Ada Rojas realized just how much mental health was affecting the Latino community and the lack of awareness and conversation existing around the subject. The Washington Heights resident wanted to remove the stigma surrounding mental health one story at a time — so she started blogging about it.

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“Mental health is a very personal matter to me as I am a survivor of suicide loss. The more I started opening up about mental health issues on my blog, the more outpour I received from my readers sharing similar experiences and emotions."

Rojas's videos will focus on mental health and suicide awareness. And while she knows these can be sensitive topics, she also believes they're important to talk about. She aims to bring Latino professionals on the show and ask them about statistics and prevention, but also wants to speak with those who are currently battling depression and find out how they use the arts — like sketching and dancing — to cope.

“I think my series would impact the community by educating and empowering others to address mental health by removing the stigma that our culture has associated with mental illness. I hope that this series inspires our community to seek professional help and becomes a vital tool in mental health awareness and education.”

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