Getting Mental Health Help as a Refugee by The 21st published on 2019-05-13T19:52:17Z Every year, tens of thousands of refugees arrive in the U.S. fleeing war and violence. And adjusting to live in the U.S. can be hard for many people. Not only could it mean a new language, getting a new job and being away from family and friends, refugees can also face legal uncertainty, financial hardship and social stigma. On top of all that, some may be dealing with trauma resulting from their time in conflict zones. Unfortunately, for many refugees, it can be difficult to get the mental health treatment they need. Kazito Kalima first came to Indiana after the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s. He’s the founder and executive director of the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, a nonprofit which helps connect immigrants and refugees with mental health services. Mengzi Zhang also spoke with us. She’s an assistant professor of health science in the Ball State University College of Health. We learned about both of these folks from WFYI reporter Lauren Bavis in Indianapolis. She reported on this for Side Effects Public Media.