Culture & Mental Health: The Connection | MOM STRONG


MOM STRONG is Miami Mom Collective’s health and wellness initiative. We are excited to bring you monthly health and wellness events and digital content themes to help you grow in prioritizing yourself and your family wherever you are in your health and wellness journey!

We’ll be popping up at gyms, fitness studios, and green spaces all over town every month. So far, our 2023 MOM STRONG events have included:

Lox Fitness on March 13th
Full Moon Yoga at Trump National Doral on April 6th 
Infrared Cardio with Cosmo Contour on April 28th 
Lit & Lean Silent Disco at The Gates Hotel on May 19th 
VXN Dance Fitness with Cha Cha at Lincoln’s Beard Brewery on June 13th
Classes at Shake Backyard on July 24th
Fitness Class at LOX Fitness on August 23rd
MOM & ME Pre and Postnatal Class on September 27th

Upcoming MOM STRONG Event

October 19 | Slow Flow Beginners Class at YogaSix Pinecrest

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Tickets are $10 per person, and you can purchase yours here. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when future event tickets go on sale. You won’t want to miss out!

This Month’s MOM STRONG Theme: Hispanic Heritage

In the vibrant and culturally rich month of October, we have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month while focusing on an essential aspect of overall well-being: mental health. In this edition of our wellness newsletter, we will explore Hispanic culture and how it intertwines with mental health.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th, honoring the contributions, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latino Americans. It begins on September 15th to commemorate the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Image: Friends celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture

Understanding the Connection: Culture & Mental Health

Culture plays a significant role in shaping our mental health. For Hispanic individuals, there is a great connection between culture and mental well-being. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Family Bonds: Hispanic culture often places a strong emphasis on family. Family support can act as a protective factor for mental health, providing a sense of belonging and a support system during challenging times.
  • Cultural Stigma: While close-knit families can be a source of support, they may also perpetuate stigma around mental health issues. Seeking help for mental health problems can sometimes be viewed as a sign of weakness.
  • Spirituality: Many Hispanics draw strength from their spirituality and faith, which can provide solace during tough times. Engaging in spiritual practices can promote emotional well-being.
  • Community and Festivities: Hispanic culture is known for its vibrant festivals, music, and dance. These communal activities can serve as stress relievers and avenues for self-expression.

Actionable Tips for Promoting Mental Health

Incorporate these actionable tips into your life to promote mental well-being:

  • Prioritize Self-Care: Dedicate time to self-care activities that rejuvenate your mind and body. This can include meditation, exercise, or simply taking a break to unwind.
  • Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family, or mental health professionals when you need support. It’s okay to ask for help; seeking support is a sign of strength.
  • Cultural Awareness: Embrace your cultural heritage and use it as a source of strength. Share stories, traditions, and experiences with loved ones.
  • Mindfulness: Practice mindfulness techniques to stay present and reduce stress. Breathing exercises and meditation can be particularly helpful.
  • Break the Stigma: Challenge cultural stigma around mental health. Encourage open
    conversations within your community to promote understanding and acceptance.

Highlighting Hispanic Contributions to Mental Health

María Hinojosa

A prominent journalist and founder of Futuro Media Group, María Hinojosa has shed light on mental health issues, reducing stigma and encouraging open conversations about mental well-being.

Dr. Carlos Albizu-Miranda

Dr. Albizu-Miranda was a pioneering clinical psychologist who made significant contributions to the understanding of cultural competence in mental health services.

Dr. Patricia Arredondo

Dr. Arredondo has dedicated her career to promoting cultural competence within the mental health field, ensuring that individuals from diverse backgrounds receive culturally sensitive and effective mental health support.

Image: Two women hold pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In addition to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and focusing on mental well-being, October also marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. By raising awareness and taking proactive steps, we can make a meaningful impact in the fight against breast cancer.

  1. Early Detection: Breast cancer, when detected early, is often more treatable. Regular self-exams, mammograms, and clinical breast exams are crucial for early detection.
  2. Support & Solidarity: This month serves as a platform for individuals and communities to come together, offer support to those affected, and raise funds for research and patient programs.
  3. Education: Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity to educate people about the risks, signs, and symptoms of breast cancer, promoting proactive health behaviors.
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Meet Illiett! Known to walk at the beat of her own drum. She strives for constant growth and isn’t afraid of the climb to achieve it. Illiett is an energetic and soul-spirited wife and mom to a supportive husband of 13 years and momma to a dynamic duo: Kash and Maui. This pair are collectively her tropical island and the proud owners of all her grey hairs (ha). Her children’s busy sports schedule has allowed her to master the very gracious bleacher hop which she wouldn’t trade for the world. Being a mom is just one of her many passion projects. When she is not working her corporate 9 to 5, she picks up her second wind and works on her side hustle. The need to have a creative outlet and a full calendar has always been something that drives her. Illiett has set out to use her past teaching and communications degrees - as well as her innate passion for inspiring to create connections through motivational speaking and DIY workshops. Her recent project of #Chasinbalance is a platform that allows her to empower and provide resources through Intentional Vision Board sessions, Wellness Retreats, DIY’s, and Fitness guidance. She invites you to follow along @illiett to experience the journey of balancing the unpredictable mom-preneur life.