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Our Mission and Vision

The fundamental purpose of LBHS is to:

LBHS believes the voices, participation, and leadership of Latinos by Latinos in recovery are essential to reaching our goals. LBHS has established a peer-to-peer system of recovery for Latinos. This system includes outreach, mentoring, classes, and support groups. It is organized and executed by family members and consumers in recovery from serious mental illness, including substance use disorders.

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Why we do what we do

One of Utah’s most vulnerable and underserved populations in Utah is the Latino population. This represents more than 500,000 people, or more than 14.8% of our community in Utah.

The Latino population in some neighborhoods in Salt Lake, Utah, Summit and Weber Counties are estimated between 11% and 19%. As a marginalized population, Latinos bares more risk factors for mental and physical health than the general population.


According to the Census in 2021, 11.7% of the Hispanics living in Utah were below the poverty line compared to the overall population of Utah at 8.6%. 


In 2019, 20% of Hispanic Americans lack health insurance. This share of uninsured among undocumented Hispanics has declined over the last decade. 


Before the Affordable Care Act, 33% of Hispanics did not have health insurance. And still, Hispanics remain more likely to be uninsured than other racial and ethnic groups.


The Office of Minority Mental Health reports that 12.2% of adults experienced psychological distress. In 2009, The Utah Department of Health and Center for Multicultural Health report found that major depression in Hispanics is almost twice that of all Utahns (8.2% versus 4.2%). 


According to the Center for Disease Control (2009), Latino youths attempt suicide at rates higher (8.2%) than their white non Hispanic peers (6.1%) and suicide attempts for Hispanic girls were 50% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2015.

Environmental challenges, poverty and lack of access to health care are risk factors that contribute to higher rates of mental and emotional conditions and substance use disorders. Aggravating risk factors include elevated levels of stigma that prevent help-seeking; elevated alcohol and substance use; a sense of isolation or alienation from the dominant culture; and history of trauma (as related to refugee status or other difficult circumstances of immigration). Barriers to prevention in this population are related to the common difficulties of immigrant status; difficulties related to English as a second language; difficulties with child care; difficulties obtaining work, driver’s license and related transportation, and housing.

With competent responsiveness to cultural, socio-economic, and linguistics characteristics, LBHS exists to change these statistics, and the lives of the people they represent. The work of LBHS embodies a theory of change rooted in capacity building: teach a man to fish. LBHS is building the capacity of each individual that chooses to get more involved; providing them with training, new skills, opportunities to teach, or to engage in advocacy or fundraising activities. In this way, our Resident Partner-run programs are sustainable and build capacity into families and communities. By using the strengths inherent within it, together we lift the Latino community up, reduce the risk factors of mental illness and substance use disorders, and directly address the needs of those who need help the most.

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