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‘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.

NAMI Monterey County’s forum attracted significant media coverage, from KION-TV, Telemundo, Univision and the Salinas Californian.

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