Mental Health and Well-Being

When migrants and refugees arrive in Australia, they typically go through a series of changes and adaptations. Newcomers must learn English as well as adjust to the cultures, practises, and social systems of Australia. These adjustments result in a temporary increase in stress, which usually subsides as the person adjusts to the new circumstances, behaviours, and lifestyles of the destination country. When migration is hampered by a crisis, however, the adaptation process is exacerbated, which can have negative psychosocial implications.

The following are some of the mental risk factors:
  • A wide range of traumatic interactions (family breakup, sexual and physical trauma, abuse exposure)
  • A lack of social services can contribute to dysfunctional habits (for example, drug abuse and domestic violence). Identity loss and low self-esteem

NRCME workers are working hard to strengthen migrants’ and refugees’ mental health and well-being to prevent the mental risk factors that they face in Australia by:

Enable migrants to use technology to keep in contact with friends and family. NRCME believes that safe spaces for people to share their feelings with people they can trust are important.

Encourage good habits such as eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising, even when you’re alone.

Encourage migrants and refugees to refrain from using cigarettes, alcohol, or other medications to cope with negative emotions. Instead, make it easier for migrants to connect with virtual mental health professionals and assist them in planning how and when they can seek support if possible.

Assist migrants and refugees in recognising the skills they’ve used to overcome adversity in the past and gaining access to the resources they’ll need to put those skills into practise.

NRCME works collaboratively with consumers, family/careers, and other health clinicians. The services work both face-to-face and telehealth modalities.