The clinical component aims to support and strengthen the skills of mental health and other health services in providing culturally responsive mental health services to newly arrived refugees.
Clinical capacity building activities include:
- Partnering with key agencies and stakeholders to enhance cultural responsiveness to the mental health needs of refugee populations through committees and stakeholder meetings
- Training and education for mental health staff (clinicians and administrative staff) and health services, including emergency departments. For more information about this training click here.
- Development of resources and mental healthcare pathways for service providers to support culturally responsive mental health assessment and intervention with refugee populations.
The aim of the community component is to improve mental health and wellbeing among newly arrived refugee communities, with a focus on prevention and staying well. Early intervention initiatives concentrate on mental health literacy, stigma reduction and pathways to care.
Activities are undertaken in partnership with community agencies and include:
- Mental health and wellbeing information sessions with community groups, as well as service providers who work closely with communities.
- Distribution of mental health and wellbeing resources, including language-specific resources.
- Initiatives are tailored to community and service provider needs.