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Dear First Gens,

Welcome back to The First Gen Madrina podcast! We have made it to our final episode for this month’s theme, Mental Health as a First Gen. For our last episode, we welcome special guest, Miguel Olave, who shares with us his powerful story!

Miguel Olave

Miguel The First Gen Madrina

Miguel is a father, husband, a personal brand strategist, and a mental health advocate. Growing up as a first-gen, Miguel experienced challenges similar to many other first gens. Despite these hardships, Miguel found strength in these challenges and used them as fuel to propel his personal and professional growth. One of the most significant barriers that first gens face is the stigma surrounding mental health. In this week’s episode, Miguel discusses the challenges that are marked by cultural norms that discourage open discussions about mental health. For example, Miguel was told that mental health struggles were “all in your head” and that he was expected to just deal with it without complaint. Ultimately, this led to internalized shame and reluctance to seek help.

Mental Health as a First Gen

In discussing mental health, Miguel shares with us how he reached a breaking point in his early twenties. Miguel realized that he needed support in addressing his mental health, so he began exploring therapy. However, finding a therapist who understood his cultural background was challenging. Ultimately, he discovered EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, which is what began changing his life. Inspired by his own healing journey, Miguel took to LinkedIn to share his story, which helped build  a community of others willing to discuss mental health openly. His posts connected with many, from fellow first-gens to corporate leaders, sparking important conversations about mental health in the workplace and beyond.

Miguel emphasizes the importance of representation and breaking generational cycles of silence around mental health. He advocates for seeking therapy as a proactive measure and encourages first gens to prioritize their well-being despite cultural taboos. Miguel’s story truly shows us the importance of building community and breaking barriers to find therapy that works for you. By sharing his journey, he has opened the doors for many first gens to prioritize their mental health and break free from cultural stigmas. To learn more about Miguel’s journey, follow him at

The First Gen Madrina

Sara The First Gen Madrina

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Join Sara, The First Gen Madrina, for life and transition coaching. The journey can often feel lonely but that does not mean that you are alone! Check out the Our Services tab on our website for more information!

Sara acknowledges that the term first gen can be fluid, so The First Gen Madrina is committed to supporting all first gens! This isn’t just about breaking barriers—it’s about providing unwavering support that propels individuals to embrace life’s challenges and triumphs.

In conclusion, stay tuned to meet amazing first-generation guests for the podcast, endless topics related to the first-gen experience and transformational coaching! Sara is your go to Madrina for all things first gen!

¡Hasta pronto!

Sara, The First Gen Madrina