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NEW Community Resources Webpage

The Office of Immigrant Relations is excited to unveil the newly created County of Santa Clara website dedicated to Community Resources for Youth, Families and Individuals Impacted by COVID-19. This web page was made possible in collaboration with various county departments including the Office of Public Affairs, Social Services Agency, Division of Equity and Social Justice, and the Emergency Operations Center.

If you, a family member or someone you know has been impacted by the COVID-19 and need food assistance, health services, financial help, legal assistance or other support services, here are some available resources that can help. Many services are available to all members of our community, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. 

CLICK HERE to get access to various resources today!

Immigrants and Mental Health

Immigrants are at the forefront of the current health, economic, and social crisis, facing many stressors at the same time, and mental health resources are vital to boost immigrant resilience. In this issue, OIR has compiled a list of mental health resources for local immigrants to provide guidance and support on this issue. 

The Office of Immigrant Relations would like to remind Santa Clara County residents that mental health services are available for immigrants. Everyone is encouraged to seek the needed healthcare regardless of status.

Under federal law, hospitals that receive federal funding are required to care for patients who need emergency care, regardless of their immigration status or whether they are insured.

Santa Clara County will continue to provide services and be available to care for every patient regardless of immigration status, ability to pay, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.

CLICK HERE see full statement by the County of Santa Clara Health System. 

OIR understands that these are increasingly stressful times for the immigrant community. It may be challenging to ask for help but remember that help is available regardless of your immigration status. 

May is Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month! 
Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) is highlighting Mental Health America's (MHA) theme #Tools2Thrive. This year's theme promotes "practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with."

MHA is also offering a Mental Health Month toolkit filled with tips, articles, online media materials, and more. Sign up to receive the toolkit. Mental Health America.

CLICK HERE to visit BHSD website for more resources. 
Mental Health Resources
The Office of Immigrant Relations, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services, have developed a mental health guide for immigrants.

This brochure includes guidance on:
  • Where to get mental health services in Santa Clara County
  • Tips on what to do if you are worried about a loved one suffering from a mental health illness
  • Additional immigrant resources
Click on the preferred language below to download the guide. 
Informed Immigrant newly unveiled a Guide to Providing Mental
Health Services to Immigrants Impacted by Changes to DACA and the COVID-19 Pandemic for practitioners. 

This guide was created by a group of mental health providers and scholars who identity as immigrants, who are current DACA recipients or formerly undocumented, and who have experience working with DACA recipients through clinical work, community organizing, and academic research.

The guide provides tools for practitioners to practice trauma informed care by providing context for immigration policies, personal bias assessments, multicultural competence, best practices for incorporating immigrant and ancestral wisdom as well as providing resources to connect with the immigrant community and engage in continued professional learning. 

CLICK HERE to download.
Coping with Stress During COVID-19

​In an effort to support your wellness the county BHSD has also developed information sheets to help you cope effectively during these times. For information in other languages, please select one of the options below. 
Disaster Distress Helpline 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a Disaster Helpline which provides assistance 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19. 

Hotline callers can connect with counselors in over 100 other languages via 3rd-party interpretation services; simply indicate your preferred language to the responding counselor and she/he will connect to a live interpreter.

Spanish Speakers can call 1-800-985-5990 and press "2" or text "Hablanos" to 66746.





Institute on Aging have a 24-hour Friendship Line 

Toll Free (800) 971-0016

This is the only accredited crisis line in the county for people of 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. 

The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls. 
7 Cups provides Free, 24/7 support.

Talk to someone in a 1-1 chat or group channels . Provide support with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.

CLICK HERE to get started. 

How To Cope During COVID-19
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created various informational sheets to provide support during this time. Pleas click on the desired topic below. 
How To Cope With Sheltering in Place
Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers
Cómo hablar con los niños: Consejos para padres
Mental Health Resources in South County
Are you a South County resident?
Do you need help finding crisis support resources?
Do you need mental health services?
Are you experiencing a crisis and need to talk with someone?

Community Solutions can help!

They provide:
  • Information and linkage to community resources
  • Linkage to mental health services
  • Support de-escalating crisis situations to restore family stability
There are no fees or insurance required to call the crisis line!

CLICK HERE for more information or call (408) 683-4118
The Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center hotline is open during regular office hours and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8:30 pm.

The line is staffed by advocates who can offer support as needed. 

Please call (408) 209-8356 or email gilroystrong@dao.sccgov.org.

Services are free, provided in English and Spanish and immigration status will not be requested.

To learn more and see if you are eligible for services refer to these FAQs
Discovery Counseling Center continues to offer affordable counseling services remotely during this COVID-19 crisis. They understand that many people are in life situations where they cannot afford the cost of a professional therapist. As a solution, at Discovery you have a few options to help.

For more information about affordable counseling call (408) 778-5120 or email Counselors@MyDiscoveryCC.com.

Immigration status is not a question when seeking services. 
Online Wellness Gatherings

Immigrants Rising hosts weekly virtual wellness gatherings for undocumented young people. 

Wednesdays 5 pm - 6 pm PST 

CLICK HERE to learn more!

Hope Center for Wellness hosts weekly virtual conversations with mental health experts to discuss tips, resources and answer questions. Hosted in Spanish. 

Thursdays 7 pm EST

CLICK HERE to join!
Mindfulness Activities
Census Update

Update: the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted their timeline in response to COVID-19. Click here to view an updated timeline. 

However, the #2020Census process is ongoing. Please look out for your notification in the mail and complete your census today!

Visit my2020census.gov or make a toll-free call to
(844)330-2020.

We are committed to welcoming a diverse Santa Clara County.
If you have any questions or want to learn more, contact us!
Email us at immigrant.relations@ceo.sccgov.org or call +1 (408) 678-1430.
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immigrant.relations@ceo.sccgov.org | (408) 678 - 1430 |
2460 North First Street, Suite 210, San Jose CA 95131

As part of the Division of Equity and Social Justice, the Office of Immigrant Relations is dedicated to providing a welcoming experience for all immigrants. We believe in celebrating, empowering, and supporting the integration of our diverse immigrant communities. In addition to providing policy analysis, the Office funds numerous initiatives including unmet civil legal needs for vulnerable populations, legal services for unaccompanied minors, pathways to citizenship and other programs for immigrant integration, deportation defense, Know Your Rights, the Rapid Response Network, and more.

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