I am very grateful to IIIC’s Wellness team, Rachel Reisman LICSW, Siobhan Kelly and Ann-Marie Byrne for all their caring and professional work with immigrant families throughout the year. They work tirelessly to support immigrants through free, confidential, and culturally responsive counseling, case management, and community engagement.
Many immigrants are experiencing greater fear, anxiety, and isolation these days, and wellness support is critical. Immigrants are facing serious obstacles in gaining legal status and delays in reuniting their own families, while others are simply trying to stay safe in the midst of increased ICE activity. Our Wellness team is here to make sure these families do not go through this journey alone, and they are always available to chat, to problem solve, and to figure out the next best steps.
We know that “mental health can affect anyone any day of the year” and it is clear to me that everyone has their own story, and a connection to someone who suffers from a mental health matter.
If you haven’t read, or heard, Brené Brown speak, check out her talks online. Brené is inspiring, encouraging and has something to say about vulnerability and resilience.
Finally, allow me to share a poem from the Irish poet, John O’Donohue below.
Wishing you a restful and rejuvenating weekend.