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Mental Health Outreach Services

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Living with a mental health-related impairment is an unanticipated scenario for anyone. It is harder for New Americans when resource navigation is complicated by language barriers, lack of system knowledge, and challenges building a support network. Limited peer support and lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate resources negatively impact New American communities.

Frustration, stress, anxiety, and depression are greater among New Americans across the age spectrum. The need for mental health workers who can assist new Americans in a culturally appropriate manner has become not only necessary but critical given statistics published by CDC in its Mental Health Report in 2012 indicating that the suicide rate in resettled Bhutanese in the US is the highest in the world.

Starting in 2014 and in collaboration with the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester and other partners, MHOS has a caseload of 20. Service referrals and one-on-one peer counseling compliment the services BCNH provides. Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord, the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New Hampshire, NAMI-NH are our key partners in this effort.

Refugees have experienced violence and deprivation that can surface after resettlement as emergent mental health problems. We conduct culturally appropriate outreach and education and provide informational sessions to the individuals and families surviving mental health challenges. We refer individuals with mental health risks for professional help to mental health service providers.

Program Staff: Amar Poudel

Funder: Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester

Current End Date: None

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