Immigrant Trauma and Mental Health

Immigration is a traumatic experience for many immigrant families and children. Fleeing persecution or natural disasters, experiencing violence during their journey, and the stress of adjusting to a new life in the U.S. can take a toll on mental health. The ILC Public Education Institute has compiled these articles, videos and other resources to help. Search below or use the “Browse” tab to explore a list of all available options.

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Understanding Immigrant Trauma

Blog post covering acculturation, immigrant trauma, immigrant mental health and strategies for educators to address these issues

Video: Immigrant Student Trauma

Discussion of the complex traumas that today's immigrants experience and awareness of this when teaching students with traumatic pasts

Supporting Latino Students with Interrupted Formal Education: A Guide for Teachers

Guide for K-12 teachers to approach their incoming students from other countries who stopped attending school in their home country

Safe Healing and Learning Spaces Toolkit

Toolkit provides child protection and education practitioners with all of the content needed to initiate an SHLS program

Traumatic Experiences

Guide to helping children who have had a traumatic experience from Sesame Street in Communities

Supporting Families in a Time of Fear

Guide to supporting immigrant students and families amid the "silent crisis" caused by tightened immigration policies and uncertainty

Stress Related to Immigration Status in Students: A Brief Guide for Schools

Overview of immigration status-related stress, its effect on students and families, and suggestions for how educators can help
Title Description Tags Author
Fostering Resilience Among Immigrant and Refugee Youth, with Dr. Jeffrey Winer A guide to addressing immigrant trauma and increasing resilience in young immigrants and refugees video, children The Immigrant Learning Center
Video: Immigrant Student Trauma Discussion of the complex traumas that today’s immigrants experience and awareness of this when teaching students with traumatic pasts video, students The Immigrant Learning Center
Understanding Immigrant Trauma Blog post covering acculturation, immigrant trauma, immigrant mental health and strategies for educators to address these issues article/report, students The Immigrant Learning Center
Supporting Latino Students with Interrupted Formal Education: A Guide for Teachers Guide for K-12 teachers to approach their incoming students from other countries who stopped attending school in their home country article/report, students Sarah Digby, Columbia University
Safe Healing and Learning Spaces Toolkit Toolkit provides child protection and education practitioners with all of the content needed to initiate an SHLS program website, children International Rescue Committee
Traumatic Experiences
Guide to helping children who have had a traumatic experience from Sesame Street in Communities children, website Sesame Street in Communities
Supporting Families in a Time of Fear Guide to supporting immigrant students and families amid the “silent crisis” caused by tightened immigration policies and uncertainty article/report, families, students Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Stress Related to Immigration Status in Students: A Brief Guide for Schools Overview of immigration status-related stress, its effect on students and families, and suggestions for how educators can help article/report, students Lisa M. Edwards, PhD, Marquette University and Jacki Black, MA Ed, Marquette University
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