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June 9, 2017 – In our second part of our series on mental health in New Mexico, we look at the unique challenges faced by immigrants and refugees. Many have experienced trauma and separation before adjusting to a new country and often a new language. They can feel isolated or afraid. Some may be undocumented and lack insurance and they may fear that seeking out getting services will put them at risk of being identified by federal authorities. Even if refugees and immigrants have have health coverage, there may be cultural or language barriers with providers. Correspondent Megan Kamerick speaks with advocates and those who work with immigrants and refugees this week about gaps in mental health services and how access to care might be improved in New Mexico.

Bill Wagner, director, Centro Sávila
Kay Bounkeua, executive director, New Mexico Asian Family Center
Jessica Goodkind, project director, Refugee Well-Being Project
Eric Ndaheba, refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line – 855-662-7474
Mental Health Service Use Among Immigrants In the U.S. – National Institutes of Health
Common Mental Health Problems In Immigrants and Refugees – Canadian Medical Association Journal
Refugees Struggle With Mental Health Problems Caused By War And Upheaval – Scientific American
Refugees And Health: These People Are Stronger Than Us – The Guardian
Children of Undocumented Immigrants Face Mental Health Crisis – Diversity Inc