Features Andrew Woods, a clinician with over two decades of experience working with boys and men of color.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
July was first declared as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008. Since then, July has been a time to acknowledge and explore issues concerning mental health, substance use disorders, and minority communities, and to destigmatize mental illness and enhance public awareness of mental illness among affected minority groups across the U.S. Studies suggest that racial minority groups and sexual minority groups show higher levels of anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health disorders. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, society’s deep-rooted prejudice towards such stigmatized minority groups is a major cause of feelings of rejection, estrangement, and harassment. Moreover, immigration status, economic conditions, education levels, and access to public health benefits are just a few differences that can adversely impact the experiences of various ethnic groups in the U.S.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals, healthcare providers, educators and school staff, and policy makers.
Explores trauma-informed, culturally-responsive strategies for serving separated children who have migrated to the US from countries in Latin America. They will discuss policies and practices relevant to the protection and best interests of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children.
Provides a basic overview of the intersection of early childhood development (0-5), attachment and trauma in young migrant children.
Defines traumatic separation and grief and outlines the developmental impacts on youth. Additionally, participants will learn how to be responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of youth.
Para los niños migrantes pequeños, la separación de los padres, puede peligrosamente agravar y exacerbar estresores traumáticos previos y tener efectos devastadores a corto y largo plazopara ellos.
Define la separación traumática y el duelo traumático y describe el impacto en el desarrollo en los jóvenes y niños. Además, los participantes aprenderán cómo responder a las necesidades culturales y lingüísticas de los jóvenes.
Hablarán sobre salud de refugiados y migrantes, estudios culturales, salud mental, desarrollo infantil temprano, estrés traumático infantil, sistemas de cuidado informados sobre el trauma y estrés traumático secundario.
Ofrece información relacionada a la intersección entre la cultura, la experiencia migratoria, el trauma y la evaluación.
Offers foundational information related to the intersection of culture, the migration journey, trauma and assessment.
Covers the impact of trauma on children during all phases of their migration journey.
Helps educators understand how they might address the interplay of race and trauma and its effects on students in the classroom. The guide outlines recommendations for educators and offers a list of supplemental resources.
Provides an overview of working with unaccompanied minors and the unique nature of the trauma they may have experienced. This resource describes symptoms or behaviors unaccompanied minors may display, cultural considerations for providers, and additional resources.