Immigrants Rising’s Wellness Support Groups help undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to community.

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These 6-week Wellness Support Groups led by trained mental health providers or registered clinicians, are designed to help undocumented people feel less alone and more understood. The weekly virtual sessions are closed; meaning that advance registration is required, with the goal of creating a confidential space where 10-12 participants can feel grounded, find community, and share their unique experiences, challenges, and successes with one another. Note: though participation can be therapeutic, the groups are not a form of therapy.

Upcoming Support Groups

UndocuAPI Support Group

UndocuAPI Support Group

There are 1.7 million undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander (API) immigrants in the U.S., with the vast majority living in California. However, the phrase “undocumented immigrant” often evokes imagery and services intended specifically for the Latinx community. As a result, the diverse needs and identities of the API community are commonly overlooked. This group is a place for API individuals to come together to hear and be heard, sharing stories that express each person’s unique experience and culture. Through thoughtful questions and prompts, we will build the strength of community that comes from recognizing common values, empathizing with familiar pressures, and finding comfort in our shared humanity.

About the Facilitator

Lina Hannigan, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and wellness coach in private practice. She earned her doctorate degree at Alliant International University, specializing in health psychology. She received extensive training in primary care behavioral medicine and chronic pain management at UCSF/SFGH and Kaiser Permanente, integrating the physical and mental domains to optimize health. As a Japanese American whose parents were immigrants, Lina grew up navigating between cultures. She worked as an English teacher in a small town in Hokkaido, Japan, before going to graduate school with a commitment to serve the API community. She is a member of NichiBei Care, providing services to Japanese-speaking individuals, and Frontline Workers Counseling Project, providing pro-bono services during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is proud to be a volunteer therapist at Immigrants Rising.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Mondays beginning on October 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. PT / 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. ET

UndocuLatinx Support Group

UndocuLatinx Support Group: Finding Hope & Coping with Uncertainty

Life with an undocumented status means facing uncertainty on a daily basis and noticing how it impacts many aspects of life. In this group, we will collectively discuss the different ways that uncertainty affects life, relationships, and wellbeing for each participant. As a group, we will also have an opportunity to reflect on experiences confronting uncertainty in the past and present. We will make space to connect, support, and learn from one another throughout the group process. The facilitator will introduce and guide participants through coping strategies and relaxation techniques that can be utilized at any point.

About the Facilitator

Stephanie Del Chiaro is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. She helps people find meaning, give language to experiences, develop deeper self-understanding, and create more peace in their lives and relationships. Stephanie provides therapy through a lens that embraces her client’s culture and lived experience. The work that she does with clients is led by the client and builds upon their strengths, values and personality. She infuses humor, creative and visual arts, and an eclectic mix of therapeutic modalities that best suit each client and their situation.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Fridays beginning on October 15, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:10 p.m. PT / 4:00 – 5:10 p.m. ET

UndocuLGBTQ+ Support Group

UndocuLGBTQ+ Support Group

Being LGBTQ in a heteronormative society isn’t easy, and it can be more challenging when you are from a culture that is not accepting of your identity. Add to the mix the pressures of being undocumented, and you have yourself an intersectional identity that can be ripe for distress! This group is open to all individuals who identify as LGBTQ seeking a safe space. Over the six weeks, we will share stories that can be mirrored and validated, discuss relevant issues facing our community, and build community in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. The themes discussed throughout the six weeks will be determined by the participants, so anyone who is LGBTQ can join and show up as you are.

About the Facilitator

Jin S. Kim, MA, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist working in a private practice out of Los Angeles, California. Jin spent ten years working in the Silicon Valley tech industry and his own experience managing mental illness, along with the unique challenges of navigating the world as a gay, lifelong stutterer, and first generation Korean American, led him to find his next career calling as a therapist. Jin enjoys working to empower and uplift LGBTQ folks, people of color, and those who find themselves at the intersection of various identities. His experience as a person with intersecting identities has influenced his strength-centered and affirmative approach. He has clinical experience working with a diverse population, from LGBTQ youth and adults to single mothers experiencing homelessness and managing dual diagnosis mental health issues.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Mondays beginning on October 11, 2021
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET

Interested in facilitating a support group?

Please contact our Mental Health Team at mentalhealth@immigrantsrising.org for more information.

Click here to see previous support groups.