Webinars on ‘Culture, Migration and Mental Health: Connecting with the Uyghur, Assyrian, Arabic-speaking and Vietnamese communities’

 

Older woman in headscarf looking at IPAD screenDuring April, the Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Program delivered four webinars aimed at community leaders, volunteers, clinical and non clinical staff working with the Uyghur, Assyrian, Arabic-speaking and Vietnamese communities in NSW. Each webinar commenced with a mental health professional, community worker or academic providing an overview of the history, socio-cultural and migration experiences of the respective community. The first presenter also provided cultural viewpoints on mental health and mental illness within the community. Following the introduction, an individual from the respective community spoke about their own migration experiences and their own transcultural mental health journey.
Over 100 people participated in the four webinars. The evaluation of the project was overwhelmingly positive, with participants finding the initiative very informative and useful in their line of work. Participants particularly appreciated the personal stories of community members which they said improved their ability to empathise with the plight of clients from the targeted communities and to value their resilience.
For further information please contact Michele Sapucci, Team Leader, Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention at Michele.Sapucci@health.nsw.gov.au

 

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