It Takes a Solidary Community to Help One Fight Depression

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It Takes a Solidary Community to Help One Fight Depression

By Karla Rensch

The intensity of the winter in the United States often changes, and it has many peculiarities, like in Brazil, where there is no snow but some states experience very low temperatures.

Different from many residents in the Western United States who enjoy the winter, the Brazilian community that resides in that prosperous area, where the distinctive beauty of the four seasons can be observed, don’t anticipate the first snow storm to enjoy the skiing or ice skating season.

Fear of cold is a common phenomenon among immigrants from tropical countries. They are not accustomed to low temperatures and find it difficult to follow their daily routine when the temperature outside is below zero with strong winds.

Like the United States, Brazil occupies a gigantic territory in which the distinction of the four seasons can be perceived. In some parts of Northern Brazil, however, cold weather is unknown, and immigrants from that region are the ones that find it even more challenging to adapt to winter. Many, indeed, have no idea of how cold the temperature can get, and the need to dress in appropriate thermal clothing with insulation, whether to go out to work to support their families or even to allow the children to go outside and play in the snow.

Winter is a natural phenomenon of undeniable beauty, but it can become a problem for foreign residents from warm countries who tend to isolate themselves around that season. In that context, we can see a gradually growing number of people suffering from depression and seeking help.

In an effort to help that part of the immigrant population, newcomers or not, some Brazilian community leaders living in Connecticut are organizing and forming regional support groups in Portuguese to try to help people suffering from depression, or those who are caring for someone who does. They aim to promote periodic meetings with a solidary intention to mutually help others without the expectation of return. They are also seeking the voluntary help of psychologists and other health professionals who are able to provide educational lectures, in addition to activities that encourage the awakening of joy.

Those interested in participating as volunteers or learning more about the lectures can contact Karla Rensch, administrator of the Facebook group “Brasileiras em Connecticut,”  via email at

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February 8, 2018

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