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Immigration and Trauma Panel Discussion
CHAPEL HILL, NC (October 18, 2017). Moving into a new house can be exciting and starting a new job exhilarating. Regardless of any happy reasons for these changes, both can be stressful. Imagine leaving your homeland with dim prospects of returning, saying goodbye to loved ones you may never see again, and journeying to a strange new land where the sights and sounds, language and customs are bafflingly different than anything you have ever seen before. Compounding that trauma, many refugees and immigrants were forced to leave their country due to circumstances beyond their control, such as natural disaster, war, or oppression. As they try to find jobs, housing, and assimilate into American culture, refugees and immigrants experience higher levels of mental health challenges such as PTSD, depression and anxiety than the U.S.–born population.
On Thursday, November 9 at 7 PM, a panel discussion titled “Immigration and Trauma” will be held at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Event co-sponsors are Faith Connections on Mental Illness, NAMI Orange County, Stand By Me NC, and Mental Health Community Connections
Three experts headline the panel: Laura Jo Garlock, Program Coordinator at UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative; Barbara Garayua-Tudryn, School Counselor at Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe and founder of Mariposas; and Flicka Bateman, Director, Refugee Support Center, Carrboro, NC.
Together they will explore stressors on refugees and immigrants, their challenges accessing mental health services, and our community’s efforts to support to its newest members as they strive to become productive members of society.
Please join us in learning more about this important topic, and how to get involved.
One or Two-Time Events
A free 12-week series for family and close friends of those with major mental illnesses. Learn more.
Chapel Hill Class meets Sundays, January 27 thru March 25, 2018
2-4:30 pmFreedom House, 104 New Stateside Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Contact: Nancy Brickman at 919-818-8065 or email@example.com.
Durham Class meets Tuesdays, January 16 thru April 3, 2018, 7-9:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham 27707
Contact: Violette Blumenthal 919-358-6788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.