Wellness Services is here for all of our immigrant clients at the IIIC. Due to generous funding from Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs: Emigrant Support Program, we are able to offer extensive services to the Irish community.

We serve both documented and undocumented Irish clients with short and long-term support. Rachel Reisman, LICSW and Siobhan Kelly, BSW provide compassionate, confidential care, specializing in emotional and mental health, substance use disorders, depression,anxiety and recovery.We can also help you access health insurance, problem-solve a crisis, and connect with others in the Irish community through language classes, workshops, and events.

We are welcoming, inclusive and committed to diversity. We support our LGBTQ+ communities, and our clients living with disabilities.

Who We Are

Rachel Reisman, LICSW is an Irish emigrant. Arriving in the US as a child, she studied in both Boston and Dublin, and holds a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work. Rachel has been a clinician for over 20 years in the Greater Boston area. As a clinical social worker, Rachel puts her clients goals first, believes in their strengths, and understands the immigrant experience first-hand.

rreisman@iiicenter.org | 617-542-7654 ext 14

Siobhan Kelly is Irish-American, and holds a Bachelors in Social Work degree. She helps our clients access resources, solve problems, and navigate the many systems related to healthcare: from health insurance to treatment options, to passport renewal and resources in Ireland.

skelly@iiicenter.org | 617-542-7654 ext 15

Mental Health and Emotional Support

We believe that all of us have mental health needs and that asking for help is the right thing to do. Whether you are facing a particularly stressful chapter in your life, or live with long-term anxiety or depression, we can help. We are able to offer supportive counseling, evaluation and referrals, free of charge. We work with individuals, couples and families, whether you need a one-time consult or longer-term support, we tailor our services to your needs.

Suicide Prevention and Loss

Our Irish community, both here in Boston and in Ireland, suffers from a high-rate of suicide loss. We are aware of this, and are committed to helping those who struggle with self-harm and thoughts find relief and safety. We are here to triage a crisis, combat the despair and loneliness surrounding suicidal thoughts, and to navigate the very particular grief associated with losing a friend or family member to suicide.

Substance Use and Recovery

Many in our community also battle alcohol and drug use. There is a high correlation between substance use and depression, anxiety, and suicide. Our team can help individuals and families plan and achieve sobriety, tailoring a recovery plan to fit your health needs. We provide individual and family education, and a pathway to change, working with family doctors, AA, local hospitals and day programs. We are inspired by our many Irish clients who decide to tackle their struggle with alcohol and drugs, finding new ways to cope, to find hope, and reaching out to help others along the way.

Health Screenings, Clinics, and Events

Wellness Services coordinates free flu Shot clinics, oral hygiene workshops; we also present films and events focused on mental health, self-care, sobriety, and other topics of interest to the local Irish community.

Irish Language and Cultural Connections

Wellness is delighted to collaborate with Cumman Na Gaeilge – Boston to offer Irish language classes at our downtown location. During the Fall, Winter, and Spring we often have 3 levels to offer from absolute beginner to intermediate levels. Our classes are fun, welcoming, and full of craic! All of our teachers are native Irish speakers, and committed to keeping the language alive in the Boston community. We welcome students from Ireland, the US, and all around the world and enjoy hearing the ancient  Irish culture come alive through our classes.

For class information, contact Siobhan Kelly at skelly@iiicenter.org

Rachel Reisman, Director of Wellness Services writes a column  “Matters of Substance”, focused on issues related to emotional health and recovery, that is published bi-monthly in the Boston Irish Reporter.

We also publish a quarterly newsletter which you can read here!

We want to hear from you!

Share your questions, suggestions and needs, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Helpful Resources

Mental Health Emergency Services: Best Team/Boston (800-981-4357), StateWide Emergency Mental Health Help (877-382-1609), and Samaritans Boston (800-870-4673)

Recovery Services and Substance Use: Mayor’s Office of Boston (617-635-4500 or 311), AA Boston (617-426-9444), and Learn 2 Cope: for families managing opioid abuse, peer support (508-801-3247). 

Domestic Violence Help: SafeLink (877-785-2020) 

Health Insurance Information: Health Care for All ( 899-272-4232)

Our Partners

We are thankful to the following organizations who help us in delivering our programs: CrossCare/Ireland, Cumann na Gaeilge, Cathedral Cares Health Clinics, Greater Boston Regional Coalition for Suicide Prevention, Charitable Irish Society, Laboure Center, Tufts School of Dental Medicine, Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.