Educating on the Mental Health Needs of TPS Holders

Educating on the Mental Health Needs of TPS Holders

From Jennifer Severe, MD

To set up our exhibit booth at the APA conference to educate psychiatrists on the mental health needs of the 437,000 foreign nationals on Temporary Protected Status who are in silent anguish.

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 437,000 foreign nationals on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are currently frightened, demoralized and, probably, re-traumatized, as they approach their deadline to leave the United States or face deportation. TPS is a legal status granted to foreign nationals after a man-made or natural disaster; this is not DACA. 

 From the 437,000 TPS holders, 93% are from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti (my home country) followed by Syria, Nicaragua, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen. 

Colleagues psychiatrists and I are setting up an exhibit booth for 5 days at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting in New York city to make the vibrant community of psychiatrists aware of the need to screen and support TPS holders, the impact of family separation, and highlight our ethical responsibility to ensure transition care for those you may leave the United States. 

We will have: flyers, a banner and a screen of motion graphics of our educational content.  

Impact: We will be well attended. We will measure our impact through a 3-question survey available on a tablet. 

Join this effort with your donation and bring your energy to our booth at the APA conference! Thank you!

Jennifer Severe, MD

Public Psychiatry Fellow, Columbia University

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