‘Trauma and Immigration’ Event a Success
About 100 people learned about the anxieties and fears they may be experiencing as a result of their immigration experience on June 22 in Salinas.
The event, sponsored by NAMI Monterey County, was “Latinos and Mental Health: Trauma & Immigration, as part of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
“There’s a lot of collective trauma going on and our kids have been affected too, and there’s a lot of stigma with mental illness, specifically with the Latino community,” said one of the attendees.
The free event featured presentations by Maria Nava, a psychologist with the Monterey County Behavioral Health Department, and Magnolia Zarraga, an attorney who specializes in immigration issues. Monterey County Herald reporter Claudia Melendez-Salinas led the discussion.
The outreach and education event was not a political forum, but rather an informational community presentation to better understand the mental health affects immigrant communities face as a result of immigration. It was held at Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary School in Salinas.