A Guide to Providing Mental Health Services to Immigrants Impacted by Changes to DACA and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 8:45pm

Stress, fear, and anxiety are familiar negative emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but these states of emotions are all too common for individuals impacted by the immigration system. During this unprecedented time, DACA recipients battle against the pandemic as well as an impending Supreme Court decision on the fate of the DACA program. This further complicates the mental health experiences of DACA recipients, as they cope with a crisis that adds further uncertainty to their futures. 

Mental health providers can respond to the distress experienced by DACA recipients. This guide aims to support providers in understanding the multi-layered and ever-changing environmental stressors that hinder DACA recipients’ emotional wellbeing, as well as resources and strategies to help providers deliver effective services to this community.

The Informed Immigrant team is proud to have collaborated with a group of mental health providers and scholars who identify as immigrants, who are current DACA recipients or formerly undocumented, and who have experience working with DACA recipients through clinical work, community organizing, and academic research. 

Please view the guide here and share with mental health providers who are interested in and currently work with individuals impacted by DACA. 

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