On Friday, March 10, 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) will host a follow-up to recent community dialogues convened to discuss refugee and immigrant mental health. During the March 10 meeting, NSDI will share the emergent themes from past dialogues and will solicit community feedback.
On October 5, 2016, NSDI convened the first roundtable mental health discussion. Ethnic, faith, and community leaders from the San Diego refugee community discussed growing concerns about the mental health needs of diverse refugee populations.
Subsequent community dialogues took place on October 17 and November 18, 2016. Open to the public, the dialogues were designed to assess community members’ perceptions of mental health issues and service utilization and to explore perceptions, attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs regarding mental health. The dialogues brought forth promising practices, evidence-based interventions, and recommendations to improve knowledge, awareness, and utilization of mental health services.