Good mental health is when we are in balance within ourselves and others. When we have good mental health, we manage to deal with negative and disappointing events.
Immigrants and refugees may experience challenges in adjusting to their new environment. Difficulties can include language barrier, loss of family and community support, lack of recognition of professional qualifications and trauma, experienced before or after migration.
Many things can make you feel sad; this sadness might come unexpectedly. The different climate and nature, different food, or even a song you hear on the radio, or the smell of coffee could sometimes bring memories of your country, your family and your life back home. This could make you overwhelmingly sad.
When this happens, be gentle and kind to yourself. It is good to acknowledge these events and your feelings, and if you need to talk to someone you trust.
How we understand mental health in Australia
‘Consumers’ is a widely used term in Australia. It refers to people who seek help because of their mental health issues. In Australia consumers have choices and rights concerning their treatment.
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In an emergency please call 000
Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 – 24 hour service across NSW
Useful phone lines and websites
1300 22 4636
Red Cross NSW
1800 812 028
Centrelink Multilingual Centre
NSW Health Care Interpreters
02 9794 9000 or 02 9646 6666
This information is for educational purposes. As neither brochures nor websites can diagnose people it is always important to obtain professional advice and/or help when needed.
This information may be reproduced with an acknowledgement to WayAhead – Mental Health Association.
The Association encourages feedback and welcomes comments about the information provided.