Field of Work: School-connected mental health services
Problem Synopsis: Children from immigrant and refugee families are at higher risk than other children for depression, anxiety, lack of self-esteem, social isolation, lack of social integration, and undiagnosed mental health disorders. They have limited access to mental health care, and often come from cultures where getting help for mental health problems carries stigma.
Synopsis of the Work: Caring Across Communities: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Diverse Children and Youth brought school-connected mental health services to immigrants and refugees at 15 sites in eight states. From 2007 until 2010, the sites developed model mental health programs that engaged schools, families, students, mental health agencies, and other community organizations in building culturally appropriate, readily available services for children and youth.