alive & Well discussion series
The Alive and Well Discussion Series was created with the vision that safe spaces - where we can engage in informed yet natural conversations around mental health and wellness - are possible, that meeting people where they are - wherever they are - is a necessity, and that it is both possible and necessary to allow these kinds of “in-house” conversations to flourish so that we can thrive.
According to Pew Research Center, as of 2015, there was an estimated 619,000 Black undocumented immigrants living in the United States. That number continues to grow exponentially as this administration strikes down and manipulates current and potential immigration protections and processes including DACA, TPS, DED and asylum. This number does not include the number of Black immigrants who were able to adjust their immigration status, but live their everyday with holding the traumatic experiences of having lived in undocumentedness.
This curriculum was created to facilitate spaces and open dialogue about mental health, well-being, and all that is going on in the world around us. It was made to support community members in taking the step to hold space and facilitate mental health conversations on a peer/community level, because caring for the mental health of the community is a collective responsibility, It was made intentionally and purposefully with Black immigrants, both currently and formerly undocumented, in mind, so that they may receive the support they need to be alive and well, but we also take this opportunity to share it with you, as the curriculum can be used as a model to create other spaces for people outside of this community.
All proceeds go to sustaining the work of the UndocuBlack Network’s Mental Wellness Initiative and its efforts and commitment to supporting and improving the mental health and well-being of our community members, including the availability of this curriculum and corresponding trainings to members of UndocuBlack Network for free.