Resources for Migrant Communities
On this page we offer a list of migrant mental health resources, organizations that provide services to migrant families, children, youth and individuals. There are culturally specific services as well as some services in Spanish, see below for specific links.
*This is a growing list, if you know of more resources that we should include, please contact: email@example.com
Free mental health for migrant families separated at the border
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Latinx Mental Health
- Latinx Therapist Action Network “We are an online platform and network of Latinx mental health practitioners honoring and affirming the dignity and healing of migrant communities marginalized by criminalization, detention, and deportation.”
- Therapy for Latinx a directory of mental health service providers for the Latinx community, book recommendations, crisis hotlines, national resources, etc.
- Latinx Immigrant Health Alliance is a group of Latinx scholars with varied expertise in epidemiological, basic, and intervention research with immigrant populations. LIHA scholars collaborate to advance research, policy, and effective interventions to improve immigrant mental health and inform effective policy.
Black Migrant and African American Community Mental Wellness
- Black Mental Wellness a site with a range of resources and offerings for Black mental health.
The mission of Black Mental Wellness, Corp. is to provide access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, to highlight and increase the diversity of mental health professionals, and to decrease the mental health stigma in the Black community.
Black Mental Wellness will shift the narrative of Black mental health through:
Providing culturally sensitive educational resources related to Black mental health.
Increasing training opportunities for students who are passionate about mental health & wellness.
Providing training opportunities for professionals dedicated to Black mental health & wellness.
Collaborating with stakeholders who are committed to the health and wellness of the Black community.
- Resources from American Addiction Centers (AAC), a leading and national organization that is dedicated to helping people with their mental health and substance abuse problems.
These resources are medically reviewed by AAC and provide help to African Americans and Black migrants who may be struggling with drug or alcohol misuse:
- Black Underrepresentation in Addiction Treatment – Discusses the idea of ‘underrepresentation’ in more detail looking at common barriers, legal biases and the importance of cultural competency.
- A Guide to Addiction and Recovery for African Americans – African Americans may experience more barriers to treatment than other groups, this guide can help one become aware of payment options and how to find providers who understand the issues unique to this population.
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse Among African Americans – Provides helpful statistics, looks at the differences in substance abuse patterns across the black population, and treatment options to consider.
- Detox Treatment centers in California, this free online directory can help individuals find a facility that is local to them.
API Mental Health
- The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association This resource provides mental health and behavioral services for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
- The South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network “South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network, SAMHIN, is a non-profit that addresses the mental health needs of the South Asian community in the U.S. Our goal is to decrease the stigma and shame associated with mental illness and offer resources for people who seek help.” They provide a directory as well as resources.
The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health
- The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health has compiled a directory of services in both English and Spanish, with costs and requirements for each that have been individually contacted and confirmed.
Guides for Workers in Community, Social Service & Mental Health Services
For groups and advocates working with immigrant families, and in particular to address and support children who are living with fear and trauma associated with current immigration policies and attacks on their families:
- UndocuHealth Report: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the United We Dream Community
- Facing the Fear of Deportation a simple guide for community advocates and mental health workers who are supporting families and children who have been impacted by the fear of deportation . Produced by the MSW@USC, the online Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California (2019)
- Health and Social Service Needs of US Citizen Children with Detained or Deported Parents a report by the Urban Institute and Migration Policy Institute (2015)
For Children and Youth
- The American Academy of Pediatrics Toolkit for Immigrant Children Mental Health Screening
- The National Center for Youth Law resources for the mental health needs of immigrant youth, with a trauma-informed approach webinar and a training for educators on best practices when working with immigrant students and families.
The Center for Victims of Torture: Multilingual resources!
- The Center for Victims of Torture has offered resources in multiple languages for victims of torture and includes helplines.
ARTICLES ON MENTAL HEALTH FOR MIGRANTS & REFUGEES
- Psychiatrists Call for End to Cruel and Harmful Immigration Policy, December 17, 2021
- Mental Health and Forced Displacement, World Health Organization, August 31, 2021
- How young refugees’ traumatic pasts shape their mental health, by Alison Abbott, Nature, May 12, 2020
- Mental-Health-Facts-for-Refugees, American Psychiatric Association, 2019