**Winner of Art with Impact's December 2013 mental health video contest** vimeo.com/artwithimpact
We meet Gladys when she feels like her world is caving in. This video is a window into her thought process over whether or not to seek help. It highlights the importance of providing culturally sensitive mental health services.
Gladys was beaten both as a child by her father and as an adult by her husband. She bravely decided to leave her husband back in her home country, and came to the U.S. with her son. Her adult daughter believed Gladys was wrong to leave her marriage, even if it was abusive, so she turned her back on Gladys.
In the Latino community there is a great cultural stigma both around identifying domestic violence and around seeking mental health services. Gladys has to overcome her feeling that she is betraying her family by talking to a therapist.
Directed and Produced by Jessica Jones and Diana Di Battista
Music: Laid Back Guitars and Easy Lemon by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
For more information on the Latino mental health services at Instituto Familiar de la Raza, see: ifrsf.org/programs/la-clinica/
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