Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Andrea Ibessaine


Mariposa Wellness Center in Watsonville, CA empowers its mental health community through wellness, meaningful activity, and community connection. The purpose of the report is to focus and empower individuals on the long-existing issue of the lack of mental health support for the Spanish-speaking community. This report focuses on the importance of Hispanic individuals having access to proper mental health support in their community. The contributing factors in this report range from language barriers and stigma created within mental health illnesses to the lack of education. In addition, this report focuses on numerous consequences Hispanics face as they struggle with finding the proper support such as misdiagnosis and the exacerbation of their symptoms to the high rates of incarceration due to the lack of services for their population. For the capstone projection portion of this report, a weekly Spanish mental health support group has been created which will focus and cover different topics at each meeting. During the development and implementation of this project, a lot was found on the lack of services for the Spanish-speaking community. The main issue found was that although living in a high Hispanic populated city, none of the participants ever received or were offered services in Spanish.

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Social Work Commons