Young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds talk mental health
It appears that many new young arrivals of refugee and asylums seeker backgrounds adapt successfully to their new environment when arriving in Australia, however, some of them are particularly vulnerable during these transitions and may be at risk of developing mental illness. Using a co-design or co-production approach, this project will bring community members together with local service providers to improve mental health and participation in mental health services in Melbourne’s western region.
The project will be carried out in two phases. In phase 1 of the project, we gathered information on the needs of young people on how to access and engage with the available mental health services. This information was collected by consulting service providers, community representatives and discussing the latest research studies.
In phase 2 of the project, findings from the first phase will guide us in co-designing strategies that will be tested in Melbourne west. The co-designed or co-produced strategies will be developed and implemented with support from young people and service providers in Melbourne west.
In order to be successful in the phase 1 and 2 of the project, a project advisory group has been established. The advisory group consists of service providers and representatives from community. The purpose of the group is to create a strong link between young refugee and asylum seekers living in west Melbourne, provide support in improving mental health among young people and their participation in mental health services, and participate in improving health literacy level of young people.
Project Officer, Youth Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health