Multicultural Mental Health Resources

Information and resources dedicated to Multicultural Mental Health and Immigrant and Refugee populations.

Page updated on Oct 13, 2016 at 8:50 AM

Multicultural Resources

Coping with Uncertainty and Fear

Tips for coping, normal reactions in adults and children, ways to respond

Race Based Trauma and Support in Times of Civil Strife

Chronic stress can have negative side effects on everyone. Psycho-social factors, specifically, pervasive exposure to racism and discrimination, create an additional daily stressor for people of color. Research shows this to be particularly true for African-Americans (APA, 2016). 

Background Information:

Perceived Racism May Impact Black Americans' Mental Health

Discrimination can be Harmful to your Mental Health - UCLA experts view mental health status of victims as a public health concern

Racism’s Psychological Toll

Links Between Racial Discrimination, Stress and Health


A Guide to the Forensic Assessment of Race-Based Traumatic Stress Reactions

Racism and Psychological and Emotional Injury: Recognizing and assessing race-based traumatic stress

Preventing and Treating PTSD in African Americans

Coping with Race-Related Stress at School/Work

Multicultural Mental Health Resources

Teaching Tolerance

The Race Card Project

American Psychological Association: Immigration

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services: Mental Health Resources

Mental Health America: Latino/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health

Mental Health America: Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health

NAMI Latino Multicultural Action Center

City of Alexandria 24-Hour Crisis Lines

PRS CrisisLink - 24/7 crisis intervention, suicide prevention and support  to foster self-sufficiency by providing problem-solving skills and information on community resources so callers can better cope with emotional trauma, personal and family crises. Text "CONNECT" to 855-11 or call 703.527.4077.

      Mental Health First Aid Training

      Learn to Recognize Signs of Distress in Youth 

      From the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services

      Refugee Healing

      Language Access

      Cultural and Linguistic Competence Training

      Organizational Resources for Multicultural Services

      Resources for Addressing Emotional and Psychological Needs in the LGBTQ Community

      Although there have been great strides in the legal and civil rights of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, the LGBTQ population continue to experience worse health outcomes than their heterosexual counterparts. Due to factors like low rates of health insurance coverage, high rates of stress due to systematic harassment and discrimination, and a lack of cultural competency in the health care system, LGBT people are at a higher risk for cancer, mental illnesses, and other diseases, and are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs, and engage in other risky behaviors.

      Find out more:

      Does Mental Health Affect My Community?

      Multi Mental Health Infographic 

      Resources for Immigrants

      The DCHS Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee hosts periodic Lunch and Learns to help promote an organizational culture that provides culturally and linguistically appropriate supports and services to Alexandrians. In October 2016, the committee hosted a two-hour presentation exploring resources for immigrants in Northern Virginia and Alexandria in particular and moderated a panel of representatives from regional organizations who provide services to immigrant and refugee populations in NOVA. Follow this link for a collection of resources for immigrants and refugees and information about organizations serving those populations presented during the event.