The Z-Tap Mental Health Awareness and Violence Prevention program, taught entirely in Spanish, teaches participants to learn how to assess mental health issues, seek help for domestic violence, and raise non-violent healthy children. The program was in part developed by the American Psychological Association and has been offered since 2006. The program has trained more than 550 community members and over 500 graduates who act as paraprofessionals by directly helping their families and communities with the newly acquired knowledge. Program participants become leaders and positive role models in their community and teach adults and children the importance of violence prevention and signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety. We hope to empower participants in the community to benefit their own families and families in their community.
“My whole family came for my graduation. I was so proud. I was never able to graduate from school. It was my first time.”
“This class helped me so much. I now know that domestic violence affects my children and not just me and I know where to get help.”
“I learned so much about how to discipline my children in positive ways. I see the difference in my children and in my family.”