Refugees face unique challenges to getting mental health care in the United States. Cultural differences, stigma and language barriers can make finding treatment difficult.
Side Effects reporter Lauren Bavis spoke with Niala Boodhoo, host of Illinois Public Media’s The 21st, about her reporting on refugee mental health. She was joined by Kazito Kalima, founder and executive director of the Peace Center for Forgiveness & Reconciliation in Indianapolis and a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and Mengxi Zhang, a Ball State University assistant professor of health science who studies refugee health.
Every year, tens of thousands of refugees arrive in the U.S. fleeing war and violence. And adjusting to live in the U.S. can be hard for many people. Not only could it mean a new language, getting a new job and being away from family and friends, refugees can also face legal uncertainty, financial hardship and social stigma.