Co-design: Young Refugee Mental Health

Seat at the Table

Youth Refugee and Asylum Seeker mental health co-design project


From 2016 to 2018, HealthWest worked with young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in Melbournes West and local youth and mental health service providers to co-design pilots. All aimed at reducing stigma and barriers about help seeking behaviour.

“When you work with the community you give them control.”

-Service Provider

Where is it at?

Seat at the Table (2016-2018) has concluded, please read the Final Evaluation Report and contact us for any further information.


Community stakeholders include:

The project recruited young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds who participated in different aspects of the project, from the advisory group to facilitating pilots. Representing cultural background including (but not limited to):

·         Ethiopian ·         Syrian
·         Sudan ·         Vietnamese
·         Oromo ·         South Sudanese
·         Liberian ·         Somali

Key services or organisational stakeholders include:

Community health services, local governments and other agencies, in Melbourne’s west, that have a priority in refugee or youth, mental health:

·         Foundation House ·         Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
·         Western Health ·         Liberian Youth Association Inc.
·         Headspace ·         Neami
·         Orygen Youth Health ·         Carers Victoria
·         cohealth ·         Hobsons Bay City Council
·         Brimbank City Council ·         Maribyrnong City Council


Seat at the Table – Final Evaluation Report 2018





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Anna Vu, Prevention Manager; (03) 9248 9659