If you or your friend needs urgent help, call 911 right away. Or even take your friend to the emergency room for assistance. If you feel it’s safe, stay with your friend or find someone to stay with them until help arrives.

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You are not alone, and help is always available. Get immediate support 24/7. Reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting COALITION to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free, and everything you tell them is confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to keep you or your friend safe.

Pierluigi Mancini, PhD – Pres, Multicultural Development Institute & Board Member, MHA

“It’s difficult enough to be an immigrant. Difficult enough to be a student. Racism, discrimination, bias and prejudice make it worse. It increases feelings of anxiety, depression and suicide thoughts.” 

“If you’re not able to access help in a cultural and linguistically appropriate manner, then you’re sentenced to suffer in silence. Culture affects how we view mental illness and other conditions, and a cultural lens needs to be applied to the services provided in order for people to find recovery — and language is the primary barrier to why many immigrants cannot get help.”

If you can relate to this storyteller, below are some resources you might find helpful. For immediate text support, reach out to Crisis Text Line by texting COALITION to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor for free 24/7. You can also call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free and highly confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to help you or your friend stay safe. Lifeline ofrece 24/7, gratuito servicios en español, no es necesario hablar ingles si usted necesita ayuda. Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454.

  • Informed Immigrant has connected the undocumented immigrant community with the information and resources they need to become empowered. Click here for resources.
  • Mental Health America  Click here for important information and resources for Latinx mental health and click here to download the 2020 back to school toolkit from Mental Health America.
  • NAMI – Click here to view the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide. Scroll to page 13 for important information for immigrant communities. Presioné aquí para ver la guía en español
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 1-800-487-4889 for information in English and Spanish. Click here to view the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to find mental health or substance use support in your area.
  • The Multicultural Development InstituteInc.(MCDI) provides technical assistance, training, workshops and expert content on cultural and linguistic competence and on health disparities. Click here for important resources for immigrant communities available in Spanish.

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