Ysabel Garcia

Ysabel Garcia, MPH (She/her/hers) is a suicide prevention and social justice educator in Nipmuc and Pocumtuc land, known as Western Massachusetts. She tells her story of survival as a first-generation Dominican immigrant and psychiatric survivor to dismantle myths about mental health and suicide in her community. Garcia is the founder of Estoy Aqui, an initiative that highlights the sociocultural factors surrounding suicide in the Latino/x and the Black community via social justice education and innovative outreach methods. Her advocacy includes adapting peer support curriculum to Latin American audiences and promoting sources of culturally relevant mental health support to lower dependence on the criminal justice and mental health system.