MILWAUKEE, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) - As the death toll continues to climb and with more Wisconsinites seek out unemployment benefits, levels of stress, anxiety and depression may be reaching new heights for many people.

For those in Wisconsin who are refugees or immigrants, those stressors during the coronavirus crisis could be even higher.

"What we are all going through as a community-- what I would refer to as a mass trauma-- these communities are not exempted from," Dr. Sebastian Ssempijja with Sebastian Family Psychology Practice, LLC, said. "They are going through [it] in the same way [as everyone else]-- in our homes, in our communities, in our neighborhoods-- but also with their communities and loved ones back home in their countries of origin."

Spectrum News 1's ongoing Mental Health Awareness series in partnership with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division continued Tuesday with a focus on the challenges currently facing immigrants and refugees in Wisconsin, and the resources available to help.

"For those who are able to reach out, there are resources and people should not be suffering alone," Dr. Ssempijja added.

Watch the entire interview with Dr. Ssempijja above and tune into Spectrum News 1 all week long for our continuing series on mental health during the coronavirus crisis (topics listed below).

For anyone struggling with mental health issues or questions, call 2-1-1 or the 24-hour crisis line (414-257-7222) where clinicians can offer mental health support and guidance while connecting callers to more resources that can help.

Additional resources can be found here:


Wednesday: Dealing with mental health stressors when home is not a safe place to be during COVID-19.

Thursday: Coping with COVID-19 mental health stressors for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Friday: How to help your children manage their mental health during COVID-19.