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Supporting the Mental Health of Migrant Children, Youth, and Families

Children, youth, and families who migrate to the United States are driven by need and carried by courage, determination, and resilience. The articles in this issue describe how mental health clinicians can be guided by the experiences, culturally based preferences, and requests of those who have migrated to best support their emotional well-being. Being humble, curious, and flexible, fostering connections, and participating in advocacy are foundational to the support.

The articles are organized to reflect the lived experiences, beginning with the migrant journey, cultural considerations for care, and observations of an American child psychiatrist working in Mexico. Next, the systemic context is described as well as our role in advocacy. Following this are best practices to treatment for the most common clinical presentations. This collection concludes with considerations for the phases of care and the practices and community-based systems that can impact well-being.



Joshua Feder, M.D. Dr. Feder's Blog

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