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Happy May, First Gens! This week Sara, The First Gen Madrina, will be getting personal while sharing a bit about her mental health story. This month’s theme on the podcast is catered to bringing awareness for Mental Health Awareness Month.

For our theme, Mental Health as a First Gen, Sara kicks off the season by sharing more about her journey. As a licensed clinical social worker, Sara has dedicated herself to educating and supporting others through their mental health challenges while drawing from both professional expertise and personal experience. Growing up, mental health wasn’t something that was spoken about, especially in a Hispanic household. In Sara’s life, it wasn’t something she thought much about until the passing of her Tia Caridad the summer that she graduated high school. Tia Caridad was a big part of Sara’s life, filling the role of a third grandmother. Her passing happened just before Sara embarked on her journey to college as a first-generation student. Struggling to cope with grief while navigating the brand-new territory of college that she was not fully prepared for, Sara ended up experiencing her first panic attack that Fall.

Sara Diaz

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Sara credits her mother’s love and support throughout her journey, as she helped her understand what was going on and connected her to therapy. Through therapy, Sara found support and guidance, laying the foundation for her ongoing journey toward mental wellness. Unfortunately, for many first gens, accessing mental health resources remains a challenge. There is often a stigma that surrounds mental health, which can make it extremely different when looking for support. Beyond this, there are also many financial barriers that keep first gens from trying to find help they need.

Like Cinderella searching for the perfect fit, finding the right therapist requires patience and persistence, but the journey is worth it. Sara also understands that therapy might not be for everyone, or they might not be ready for it.  She is committed to providing guidance and resources to empower first-gen students and professionals on their mental health journey. If you’re struggling with your mental health, remember that you’re not alone. Reach out to your insurance provider, explore low-cost clinics, or utilize online resources like Psychology Today if you are interested in therapy. Remember, your mental health matters, you deserve support every step of the way. Follow Sara along her journey on

As a disclaimer, although Sara is a social worker, these episodes are meant to educate and bring awareness to mental health challenges that we may experience. For additional support, please reach out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 1-800-950-6264. If this is an emergency, please call 911. Please know that there is help out there for you, and you do not have to navigate this alone.

The First Gen Madrina

The First Gen Madrina


If you are a University, College, Company or Organization, The First Gen Madrina offers workshops on a variety of topics (such as imposter syndrome, time management, managing burnout, building a self-care plan, etc..), custom built mentorship programs as well as customized services tailored to the needs of the client.

Join Sara, The First Gen Madrina, for individual coaching and/or group 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!

In order to follow along, remember to rate, review, and subscribe to The First Gen Madrina Podcast to stay connected. Also, follow on instagram and LinkedIn @thefirstgenmadrina and Sara Diaz, LCSW. 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