Authors: Irena Quinn, WA.
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: TRANSCULTURAL MH CONFERENCE, CARERS, Optimising resilience in a wholistic approach to refugee mental health care
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Multiple losses and grief, culture shock, a language barrier, homesickness, chronic stress and social isolation as well as stigma around a mental illness are being identified as the major stress factors for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) Carers of people with a mental illness. In most cases these stress factors impact on the whole body resulting in psychosomatic pain, fatigue, changes in sleeping and appetite patterns, headaches, overactivity, depression, anxiety, fear, anger and self blame. Symptoms can last a lifetime if left untreated. This paper will give a brief overview of a holistic approach which has been in practice at Ishar Multicultural Centre for Women's Health since 2007. This approach was introduced to equip culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) Carers with essential knowledge and effective skills for self care as well as to promote their resilience, strengths and resources.