Athena Network New York Organizational Meeting-Addressing immigrants psychosocial challenges related to the migratory process
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
Human services and any person/professional that works/supports immigrants in our community is invited to the Athena Network New York organizational meeting where you can learn more about the new group and discuss its formation and your possible participation in it.
The meeting is to be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 26 in Room 1619 of the HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus Administrative Services Building, 85 Mary’s Ave. in Kingston. Room 1619 is an Executive Conference Room on the building’s first floor—one full flight up from the ground floor. The meeting’s location may change if the number of RSVPs exceeds the room capacity.
The Athena Network New York will be a social support network in the area of social services, health, and specifically in mental health, for immigrants experiencing psychosocial challenges related to the migratory process.
It will be affiliated with the global Athena Network, a clinical and academic initiative of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health’s Health Initiative of the Americas, the University of Barcelona’s Ulysses Syndrome Program, and Paris Descartes University’s Francoise and Eugene Minkowski Center for Migrant Health, among others.
As you know, there are increasing numbers of immigrants in our area who experience migration-related stress. In many cases, the stress exceeds the immigrant’s ability to cope or to integrate the emotions involved with the experience, and there is a deficit in psychosocial support for these individuals.
The Athena Network New York will be defined by at least three characteristics. It will seek:
1. To provide psychosocial support to immigrants, taking into account the extreme situations in which many immigrants find themselves.
2. To support intervention to those immigrants who experience psychological trauma associated with the migration process.
3. To serve as a space for exchange of information and experiences of programs, research, and initiatives that seek to improve and protect the integrity of our immigrants.
The meeting will include an introductory training about migratory mourning and the Ulysses syndrome.
Please let me know by April 19 if you plan to attend the April 26 meeting. Please also let me know of anyone else who you think might like to participate.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Mª Elena Ferrer-Harrington