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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and DREAM Iowa is happy to present different resources that could help minorities in the country.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, undocumented immigrants suffer from mental illnesses before, during and after immigration.

Trauma and stressors before, during, and after immigration: Undocumented immigrants often experience trauma at various stages of the migration process:

  • Before: Financial issues, sense of failure, escape from violence, poverty, political oppression, threats, or disasters
  • During: Violence, environmental hazards, abandonment/separation, witnessing the death
  • After: Limited resources given their status, intra- and interpersonal conflict, stress from adjusting to their new environment, exploitation, fear of deportation

Additionally, many other minority groups have suffered and continue to suffer mental health illnesses which need to be brought to attention.

Resources:

Muslim Mental Health Professional Directory

Immigrant Child Health Toolkit

Immigrants Rising’s Wellness Support Groups

Therapy for QPOC: LGBTQ+

USCRI Des Moines Field Office: Spanish, Swahili, English, Arabic

Your Life Iowa: Free and Confidential Support

Asian American and Pacific Islander, Resources

  • Warm Line 844-775-9276   
  • Concern Line 800-447-1985   
  • Spanish Line 531-800-3687

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