Postponed** Immigration, Trauma and Mental Health among Hispanic and Latinos
2616 COMMERCE EVENT CENTER
2616 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75226
Hispanic and Latinos represent the largest minority group in the US with 57.6 million Hispanic and Latinos, which comprise 18.1% of the current US population. Of these, 33.5% are foreign-born. The immigration process can be a complicated physical and emotional journey. For many, trauma experiences may take place prior to, during and-or after the immigration process. Furthermore, substance use may become a mechanism to alleviate some of the results of the immigration process including, discrimination, family fragmentation, dislocation and redefinition, acculturative stress, as well as mental health symptoms. This may, in turn, result in difficulties with law enforcement, including incarceration.
Furthermore, for many Latinos spirituality is an important cultural value. Spirituality and religion in many instances provide meanings to experiences, including experiencing mental health symptoms. Latinos may turn to spiritual leaders including clergy before seeking help from mental health professionals. This will be the case, especially if spiritual meanings are given to symptoms.
This symposium will address the intersections of immigration, trauma, substance use and other mental health issues among Latinos in the US. Presenters will provide information on current immigration realities and their impact on immigrants as well as culturally responsive ways for clergy and law enforcement personnel to attend to the mental health needs of Latinos with mental health and co-occurring disorders.
1. Identify the current needs of Latino immigrants with mental health and co-occurring disorders who are involved with law enforcement or who seek help from clergy.
2. Recognize the intersections between immigration, trauma, and mental health among Latinos
3. Include trauma-informed practices with Latino populations with mental health disorders involved with law enforcement or seeking spiritual help
4. Incorporate culturally responsive models with Latino populations with mental health needs involved with law enforcement or seeking spiritual help