What is Testimonios?
Our mental health support group, Testimonios, gets its name from the Spanish word, “testimonio” which means to declare and affirm. The group is open to underinsured Latino adults in Baltimore experiencing stress or psychosomatic symptoms due to stress. Sessions are moderated by either a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist. Our goal is to reduce stress and improve wellness among Latino immigrants by providing a safe place to share experiences and to promote culturally-appropriate approaches to stress reduction.
Demographic changes have outpaced Baltimore´s capacity to provide culturally and linguistically competent services to a rapidly growing Latino immigrant community. Mental health services are particularly difficult to access due to lack of insurance, and a scarcity of Spanish-proficient mental health providers. Moreover, stressors associated with the migration experience place immigrants at high risk for mental health problems. In addition to economic hardship, immigrants face isolation, separation from family and friends, discrimination due to ethnicity and legal status, and violence (in their country of origin, during transit to the U.S., and in Baltimore).
Through Testimonios we want to capitalize on the resilience of Latino migrants who, despite countless obstacles, have settled in Baltimore.
Participation: Any Latino immigrant ≥ 18 years of age who is experiencing stress can participate in Testimonios.
Supervision: Each Testimonios meeting is moderated by a licensed psychiatrist or a psychotherapist fluent in Spanish from Johns Hopkins.
Location: Gallery Church – 3101 Eastern Avenue (at the corner of S. Ellwood and Eastern Avenues)
Dates/Time: Women meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday and men meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday for from 5:30 – 7 pm
Child Supervision: Participants can bring their own children to Testimonios sessions. Children are supervised by trained volunteers in an adjacent room. They participate in structured activities (e.g. homework groups, story time, arts and crafts) and are provided a simple meal.
Participation is free. Dinner is provided to participants, moderators, and their children.
Download the 2019-2020 Testimonios flyer here