Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford

Second Advisor

Susan Osorio


The Latinx community at the Epicenter in Salinas dealt with mental health illnesses, as well as were brought up with machismo attitudes. This population has a strong stigma against getting help with their mental health. Being faced with immigration, poverty, discrimination and inadequite conversations about health, drives a spike in anxiety levels. Consequences of not dealing with mental health illnesses include unresolved emotions are generational trauma, self harm, substance abuse, and unhealthy relationships. The project created to get in front of this problem was a dialogue series of conversation starters for people who want to open up. The purpose of this project was to have an in person communication dialogue about why it’s important to be so upfront about how one is feeling. From speaking to multiple Latinos a common theme was that they never got to express how traumas made them feel. It is recommended that this project be continued as a social experiment to have a more comfortable feeling of getting people to talk about their generational trauma, their worries, their feelings and their coping mechanisms.