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Free brief emotional health and wellbeing services are available for people with refugee experience and asylum seekers from the Afghan and Sri Lankan Tamil communities who live in the Western Sydney Local Health District.

The Clinic is operated by the Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) to support people who:

  • Have refugee-like experiences from Afghanistan or Sri Lanka
  • Are seeking asylum in Australia
  • Are within the 18 – 65 age group
  • Live in the Blacktown, Cumberland, Hills Shire or Parramatta Local Government Areas.

Clinicians are available from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday to provide in-language help for emotional distress and provide advice on where to find health and psychosocial support, such as a General Practitioner and community services.

Callers will be offered brief clinical intervention such as stress management, problem-solving skills, or positive coping strategies if they feel distressed, are unable to concentrate or sleep, or are too worried to work or care for their family. Clinical services and information about where to get help for the practical concerns of life will primarily be provided online via secure video link.

The Clinic cannot assist with food, housing or visa and other legal problems. The Clinic can give advice on where to find resources and connect people with others from their community and supportive organisations.


To contact the Clinic, telephone 9840 4020 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
The clinic is NOT a crisis service
Emergencies and urgent referrals should contact 000 or the Mental Health Line 1800 011 511


The emotional wellbeing of people with refugee-like and asylum seeker experience may be overlooked when prioritising the basic needs of life. Early intervention by clinicians who speak a relevant language can assist recovery and help ensure that emotional difficulties do not escalate. The Clinic will offer strategies to build the ability to cope as well as help to decrease stressors such as isolation and poor mental health literacy. It will use evidence-based interventions to assist people to function better in their everyday lives and allow them to fulfill work and family obligations.

The Clinic will work collaboratively with other agencies, such as the NSW Refugee Health Service, Settlement Services International and Non-government Organisations who will be able to better serve their clients and have strengthened relationships with the Transcultural Mental Health Centre.


Multilingual flyers about the clinic

 

Download a flyer about the clinic in English (PDF 721.3KB)

Download a flyer about the clinic in Dari/ English (PDF 610.4KB)

Download a flyer about the clinic in Pashto/ English (PDF 658.9KB)

Download flyer about the clinic in Tamil/ English (PDF 665.9KB)

 

TMHC Multilingual Resources

 

View TMHC mental health resources in English

View TMHC mental health resources in Dari دری

View TMHC mental health resources in Pashto پښتو

View TMHC mental health resources in Tamil தமிழ்