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NMSU & Women's Intercultural Center host Community Mental Health and Wellness Conference

New Mexico State University Counseling & Educational Psychology students will host a Community Mental Health & Wellness Conference in collaboration with the Women's Intercultural Center (WInC) in Anthony, New Mexico. The conference is free to the public and will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at WInC.

The event was coordinated by a group of masters and doctoral level students who make up the Spanish counseling training and support group within the CEP department. The group aims to provide support and training to help improve the Spanish counseling skills of its members. Interested in social advocacy and community outreach, this group of students decided to collaborate with WInC and organize a conference dedicated to the promotion of mental health and wellness. Laura CĂ´té, Dianna Gonzálezand Lorena Navarro, three NMSU doctoral students, have been working with the Women's Intercultural Center since February 2010.

"It is important to bring together our training and the expertise of the community in order to share information, challenge stigma, decrease mental health disparities, and recognize the strength and resiliency that exists in Latino communities," González and CĂ´té said.

"Knowledge is power and that's a way of empowering," Navarro said.

The event will feature presentations and films about stress management, parenting, self-care, domestic violence and mental health stigma.

Working with WInC offers the group experience and training to become counseling psychologists and to work with people in their local community.