Navigating Mental Health Care for Immigrant and Forcibly Displaced Communities

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Join us on Wednesday, April 24, as we kick off our 2024 Social Justic Leadership Academy (SJLA) Learning Series! This event will focus on the care, mental health and wellbeing of individuals and families who have experienced forced displacement. As of June 2023, more than 110 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide due to “persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations and events seriously disturbing public order” (UNHCR). The current level and duration is unprecedented.

We will explore the impact and challenges of forced migration and displacement on mental health and wellbeing, including understanding trauma in the context of forced displacement and its impact on integration. Alongside the Center for Adjustment, Resilience & Recovery (CARRE), this event will highlight strategies for providing effective and appropriate trauma-informed, culturally responsive, quality services to meet families where they are, including examples in practice. Lastly, we will explore recommended resources and outlets to further engage in this work.

Featured Speaker: Leena Zahra, MSc, International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Center for Adjustment, Resilience and Recovery (CARRE) 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the impact of forced displacement on refugee mental health and well-being.
  • Understand best practices for providers to support families who have been forcibly displaced.
  • Identify practical and tangible resources to facilitate further engagement and skill development.
  • Highlight accessible suggested tools and/or outlets to best engage in the work.