New Coalition Dedicated To Improving Mental Health Services Of Refugees In San Diego
The Nile Sisters Development Initiative launched its MIND effort to unite community and government stakeholders to better serve the behavioral health needs among the city's refugees.
Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma
A City Heights-based nonprofit drew attention to refugee mental health needs to mark World Mental Health Day in San Diego. Nile Sisters Development Initiative touted on Tuesday its grassroots effort called MIND, Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders, to assess behavioral health resources for newcomers and brainstorm improvements to services. (Burke and Mento, 10/10)
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
New Coalition Aims To Offer Mental Health Support To San Diego Refugees
“The need for mental health among refugees is huge,” said Elizabeth Lou, CEO of Nile Sisters. For many refugees, the reasons that brought them to the U.S. can leave lasting trauma in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder or other conditions, Lou said. The challenges that refugees face when they come to San Diego, like finding employment and covering housing costs, she said, can trigger or exacerbate mental health conditions. (Morrissey, 10/10)