Op-Ed: How Immigration affects the mental health of an immigrant

Victoria Meza, Reporter

Immigration is, sometimes, a very sensitive topic. Not everyone can talk about it; a person might be a descendant of an immigrant, but they still would not have any idea of the danger that a person that wants to look for a better life in another country instead of theirs, has to go through.
The Hispanic Month Heritage was about celebrating and commemorating the Hispanic heritage. It was mostly about all the Hispanic immigrants. However, Hispanics and/or Latinos are not the only people that need to immigrate.
Mexicans are not the only ones who immigrate to other countries to look for a better life; there is a lot of Latinos that would do the same: Peruvians, Colombians, Venezuelans, Ecuadorians, and so many other people. There are some stages that an immigrant must go through once they arrived in their destinated country; those stages are not something that we would want to feel, but we cannot help it either.
The first one is when someone is about to leave their country of origin to look for a better life. In this stage, you do not consider yourself as an immigrant, but as someone that wants to make money and come back in a couple of months. Not everyone goes through this stage; some people want to leave and that is it.
The second stage is when you arrive in another country. If the language is different from yours, you are going to encounter a lot of problems once you got there. Some people might not know what it feels like and they would treat you unfairly. However, there are always other people that would help you to improve. This is an encounter of cultures and is when you are starting to look for a job and start to learn things that would maybe change the way you see the world.
The third stage and we could call it the hardest one, is the stage when you know you are not probably going back to your country of origin. Is when some time has passed already and they start to miss their people, and that is when their mental state starts to change.
Most immigrants feel sad, lonely, some of them had romantic partners that had to be left behind, and that affects mental health. According to an article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “Due to the insecurity feelings and non-availability of their community members, the distress would turn into mental health consequences or other forms of health complications.”
All those stages would affect little by little the mental health of an immigrate. They must now get used to new cultures, music, language, and so many other things. Some people are brave enough to do it, and some other people are brave enough to go back to their countries and try to survive. It is all about to stop fighting whether who is braver and start supporting each other to get a better future for everyone.