Regardless of our culture or background, it is important to understand how good emotional health and personal wellbeing is in contributing to your overall wellbeing.
We all experience good days and bad days, but when your bad days start impacting your everyday life and the things you normally enjoy, you might be experiencing problems with your wellbeing or emotional health.
Growing up in a country or culture that is different to the average Australian can be difficult, especially when that country has gone through times of war or tough economic or environmental events. Making the decision to leave your home and move to another country can mean leaving your family and friends, losing your regular routines and activities, and having to learn a new language, new behaviours and traditions.
This can all be confusing, and it is natural to feel sad or worried. When you don’t have your usual circle of friends or family to rely on, everyday activities and challenges can seem too big and out of your control.
What can I do now?
We know it can be hard for people in some communities to find and ask for help. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for support, no matter what it is you’re going through. Start by talking to someone you trust, discuss your situation and understand what type of support you might need. Talk to your friends, partner, family, a colleague and doctor. Speaking to your GP can help to give guidance on the support services available to you;
- Are you eligible for the government Mental Health Care Plan?
- Do you also have a physical disability? Learn how an NDIS (The National Disability Insurance Scheme)plan may be more suitable for your needs?
- Hearing voices and want to understand more? Hearing voices can provide you with community-based support.
- Require assistance on hand, and a support program in a safe environment? Then perhaps supported accommodation is best for you.
At Richmond Wellbeing we have a range of support services, and a diverse workforce, so that you can feel safe and comfortable.
I’ve noticed something is wrong with someone in my family or community
If you’re worried about a friend, family member or someone in your community, there are a few things you can do. Start with a conversation, that you’ve noticed something has changed and you are concerned. Let them know that this is a common issue for many people all over the world, and it’s ok to ask for help.
WATCH: Courageous African Women Network
This African women’s group is empowering their local communities to improve their mental health and overall well-being through the ‘Courageous African Women Network’. Watch them dance their way to well-being.