Services for Immigrants

 
 
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Outreach Services

The services offered at the Irish Apostolate Centers bring together the goodwill and talents of many, lay and religious, some Irish, Irish Americans and Americans of varying ethnic backgrounds. They provide a sympathetic ear and a helping hand to recent arrivals from all parts of Ireland, of all faiths or of no faith or belief. We promote an environment of safety and trust to meet the varied personal, family, spiritual, social and legal needs of Irish immigrants.

The range of services is holistic, encompassing every human need, spiritual or temporal. Our services include assistance with employment, accommodation, immigration and legal assistance, citizenship classes, accidents or unexpected illness, family needs, needs of elders, depression, relationships, educational opportunities, hospitalization or imprisonment, especially when far from family, and friends are few.

Many of our Apostolate centers are parishes without boundaries, with Marriage Preparation courses, counseling and preparation of marriage papers for marriages here, or in Ireland. In times of illness or death of an immigrant or a family member at home, we gather the community together for comfort and support as we celebrate Mass. Joyous family events are also celebrated. In many areas House Masses modeled on the Station Mass in Ireland take place.

Most centers have flourishing Parent-and Toddler groups, as well as senior groups. Many offer counseling referrals and self-development courses, continuing education opportunities and social and cultural activities.

 

Mental Health Emergencies

In the event of a Mental Health Emergency

Go to your local Emergency Room and /or call or text the Samaritans at 877.870.4673 

Other resources for mental health emergencies include: 

Health Care settings and Services DO NOT share immigration status information with local or federal immigration enforcement. 

For Irish Citizens Only

IRISH ABROAD ONLINE COUNSELLING SERVICE

Irish Abroad Online Counselling Service (IAOCS) – supporting Irish citizens living abroad with their emotional support needs 7 days a week!

This service is also available for returning Irish emigrants – must register for appointment within 3 months of return.

Suicide Warning Signs

It is not possible to list all of the potential warning signs that may suggest that a person may be thinking about harming themselves. The following list identifies some behaviors/symptoms to look for:

  • Talking about suicide: A person may make direct statements such as “I want to kill myself” or indirect statements such as “This world would be a better place without me.”

  • Changes in behavior/mood:  Significant increase or decrease in sleep, significant increase or decrease in eating, decreased interest and participation in activities, a significant decrease in academic performance, increased engagement in impulsive risk-taking behavior, decrease in mood, or a sudden marked increase in mood.

  • Feelings of hopelessness: The person conveys the belief that things will never get better.

  • Preparations for death:  Purchase of or possession of the means to kill oneself, giving away one’s possessions or writing a will.

  • Recent experience of loss: The recent death of a family member or close friend, the recent loss of anything of significance to a person, such as loss of a job or ending of a relationship.

  • Alcohol and other drug abuse:  This is particularly of concern when a person has a tendency toward impulsive behavior when under the influence of these substances.

  • History of previous suicide attempts: The attempt may have been made by the individual or there may be a history of others in their lives having committed suicide.

If you are concerned about another person and there's an immediate threatCALL 911

If you have serious concerns that they are an immediate threat to self or others or possible future threat to others, CALL 911. If you are not with the individual, ask for the police to do a welfare check and speak directly to your concerns.

Examples of immediate threat include:

  • Has a weapon or is threatening to harm self, or jump off building

  • Threatens or attempts to harm others

  • Reports taking overdose of medication

  • Worried about violence of any kind

  • Intoxicated/high and suicidal

  • Cannot commit to safety

Possible Threat of Harm

If it is not clear that they are an immediate threat to self but they are having thoughts of harming themselves, they will need to be evaluated further. You may contact local law enforcement or the nearest emergency room.