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Raquel Reichard

Award-winning journalist and editor with focuses on Latinx culture, politics, music and identity.

Raquel Reichard is an award-winning journalist and editor whose work focuses on Latinx culture, politics, music and identity. Formerly an editor at Latina magazine, Remezcla and mitú, Raquel's work has also been published in The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Bustle, Cosmopolitan, the Fader, Vibe and many more. Raquel has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from the University of Central Florida and a master's degree from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she studied the intersection of Latinidad and new media. A proud Nuyoflorican, Raquel was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, spent her childhood in her parents' beautiful homeland of Puerto Rico and was raised in Orlando.

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Mind-Body Health

Para los Latinos, la Religión Puede Complicar las Prácticas de Atención Plena — Pero No Tiene qué Ser Así

En los Estados Unidos, los latinos tienden a tener vínculos religiosos más fuertes que la mayoría de los grupos raciales y étnicos. Como tales, las religiones, principalmente el catolicismo y el protestantismo, a menudo juegan un papel importante en sus vidas, incluidas las formas en que enfrentan la adversidad. Para algunos, la curación se produce únicamente a través de la oración y las escrituras bíblicas en lugar de las prácticas tradicionales de bienestar como la terapia y la meditación, que a veces se consideran blasfemas. Si bien está comenzando a producirse un cambio en la forma en que los latinos, incluidos los miembros religiosos de la comunidad, ven la terapia, todavía queda cierto escepticismo y tabú en torno a las prácticas meditativas.

Raquel Reichard
Latin woman performing hypopressive yoga exercises in her house
Mind-Body Health

For Latinos, Religion Can Make Mindfulness Practices Complicated—But It Doesn’t Have to Be

In the U.S., Latinos tend to have stronger religious ties than most racial and ethnic groups. As such, faiths, largely Catholicism and Protestantism, often play a significant role in their lives, including the ways in which they cope with adversity. For some, healing comes solely through prayer and biblical scripture rather than traditional wellness practices like therapy and meditation, which are sometimes deemed blasphemous. While a shift is beginning to take place in how Latinos, including religious members of the community, view therapy, there still remains some skepticism and taboo around meditative practices.

Raquel Reichard
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Mind-Body Health

Por qué la Salud Mental es tan Necesaria en la Comunidad Latina

En las comunidades latinas, los estigmas culturales en torno a la salud mental y las barreras estructurales a la terapia, han impedido durante mucho tiempo que muchos busquen y obtengan la atención necesaria. Sin embargo, a medida que las generaciones más jóvenes rompen los estigmas y más profesionales latinos ingresan a las industrias terapéuticas y de bienestar, estamos viendo un cambio gradual y positivo en la atención de salud mental entre la población.

Raquel Reichard
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Mind-Body Health

Empowering the Well-Being of the Latino Community

In the US, Latinos are experiencing a growing mental health crisis. According to Mental Health America (MHA), about 8.9 million Latinos living in the country have a diagnosable mental illness. However, data from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) show that just 10% of Latinos who have symptoms of a mental health disorder actually seek specialized treatment. The reasons for the disparity are numerous, including several cultural myths and stigmas as well as systemic and financial barriers.

Raquel Reichard