Authors: Jay Marlowe, Auckland, NZ
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: REFUGEE,SOCIAL INCLUSION, Immigrants and Refugees
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Numerous studies acknowledge the increased mental health concerns of refugees who have experienced trauma from forced migration. Whilst past traumatic experiences may place people at risk, it is recognised that resettlement is an equally salient concern. Australia’s most recent National Mental Health Policy has several overarching aims which endeavour to promote well being, prevent mental illness and help facilitate recovery for individuals, families and the community. To accomplish such goals with resettling refugee populations, it is important to create spaces that provide people the opportunity to voice their story and perspective – recognising they are often marginalised by a number of factors that may include past traumatic experiences and difficulties adapting to a new life in Australia. This paper relates to Sudanese men’s narratives about resettlement and their perspectives of participating in Australian society as key considerations towards the promotion of health and well-being.