Wayne State Researchers Look at Mental Health of Syrian Refugees

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Avinash Rachmale serves as the president of Lakeshore Engineering, a Detroit company he founded in 1994. Outside of work, Avinash Rachmale gives back to the community through his support of organizations like the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Recently, research from the school published the results of a six-month study on the mental health implications of dealing with civil war trauma among refugees from Syria that are now living in the United States. According to the finding, half of the adult refugees are dealing with depression and about 30 percent of them have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Perhaps even more troubling is the finding that 60 percent of children in the study showed signs of anxiety as a result of trauma. Researchers believe that this anxiety could be caused by PTSD in parents.

The refugees who were interviewed for the study had been living in the United States for two to eight weeks. About 400 individuals representing 95 families participated in the study, which involved a brief interview and collection of epidemiological, genetic, and stress data. Altogether, 90 percent of all the people invited to participate in the study agreed to take part.


The NAACP’s Fight for Environmental and Climate Justice

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Engineering professional Avinash Rachmale presides over Lakeshore Engineering, a leading firm based in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to his professional duties, Avinash Rachmale is active with a variety of social and cultural organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) works to promote social, economic, and political equality for Americans of all backgrounds. Its members work through the democratic process to enact positive change at the federal, state, and local levels, helping all people secure their civil rights under the law.

The NAACP is currently focusing on environmental and climate justice, among other key issues. In the United States, facilities spewing toxic output, such as coal plants and incinerators, are disproportionately likely to be located in low-income communities, or communities of color. These neighborhoods are adversely affected by pollution and climate change as a result. The NAACP is working to develop policies that will solve this inequality and advance environmental protections for underserved communities.