Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development and Family Science


Adult immigrants who come to a new country tend to have a harder time adapting to the way of life due to the language barrier they may face. Not only do they have a hard time acclimating to the new culture but they may also struggle with mental health disorders. Learning a new language is something that is difficult for everyone, regardless of age. The challenges of being an immigrant can take a toll on physical and mental health. Immigrants may face discrimination which could lead to anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. When immigrants are not able to explain how they feel to a healthcare provider, it can lead to frustration and even a wrong diagnosis or insufficient help. Due to the stigma of mental health many immigrants feel that they are not allowed to ask for help and should not receive it which could lead to serious issues in the future. The increase of immigrants has caused a rise in the need for advocacy on mental health and its importance to this specific population.

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