Good emotional health and personal wellbeing leads to a good life. We all have good days and bad days, regardless of our culture or background. 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. It’s important to remember that you can recover your wellbeing and live a good life.
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 to move across the world can mean leaving your family and friends, losing your regular routines and activities, and having to learn new language, behaviours and traditions. In this new country, you might even be treated unfairly because of who we are or what we look. This can all be really confusing and make you very sad or worried. When you don’t have a circle of people to rely on, everyday activities and challenges can seem too big and out of control.
What do I do now? It’s easier than you think
We know it can be harder 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. At least 45% of us will experience mental ill health during our lives, so you are not alone. Many organisations offer wellbeing support, like Richmond Wellbeing’s community services
Start by talking to someone you trust – discuss your situation with a friend, partner, family member or a colleague. Your doctor is also a good source of information and can help you work out the next step.
One option is the NDIS, which offers eligible people a personal plan for recovery, outlining a list of supports and services that can help you live a good life.
Other programs might involve staying in Supported Accommodation, where you will work towards good wellbeing in a supportive and understanding environment. You can find real Stories on recovery and read about exciting cultural programs, like the Courageous African Women Network, in the Media
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 being strong means asking for help when they need it.