Bridging the Gap: Educating family members from migrant communities about seeking help for depression, anxiety and substance misuse in young people

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Lubman, D, McCann, Terence ORCID: 0000-0003-1109-0438, Renzaho, A, Kyle, A and Mugavin, J (2014) Bridging the Gap: Educating family members from migrant communities about seeking help for depression, anxiety and substance misuse in young people. Project Report. beyondblue, Hawthorn West, Victoria.

Abstract

The project fills an important gap in the evidence in terms of barriers and facilitators to help-seeking among young African migrants, their family and communities. The findings of this report can be used by a variety of relevant stakeholders, including recently arrived migrant communities and services, health care providers, and policy makers. Community: - Parents have poor mental health literacy about how to address mental health and alcohol and drug issues in their son or daughter. - Parents were often unsure how to approach the issues without creating conflict with their son or daughter. - High levels of stigma related to mental health and alcohol and drug problems were commonly reported, which was a significant obstacle to seeking professional help. - Differing levels of community connection meant some recently arrived communities lacked the necessary social capital to support young people. Health care providers: - There was limited awareness of available mental health and alcohol and drug specific services, particularly among parents. - Parental concerns around the cultural competency of health professionals meant this form of support may not be viewed as a viable or preferred option. - The financial cost of accessing and receiving professional treatment was identified as a barrier to help-seeking. Policy makers: - Migrant communities welcomed the opportunity to come together and talk about health-related issues affecting young people and the difficulties their parents may have around having a conversation with young people about mental health and alcohol and drug problems. - The health promotion resource has the potential to normalise difficulties encountered by parents when parenting their son or daughter in a new cultural context and to discuss topics that carry significant stigma. - The resource was well received and was considered helpful, relevant and appropriate.

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Commissioned by: beyondblue National Priority Driven Research 2011 Grant Round

Item type Monograph (Project Report)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/26954
Official URL http://www.beyondblue.org.au/docs/default-source/r...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Current > Division/Research > College of Health and Biomedicine
Keywords African migrants; mental health; alcohol and drug; health promotion resource
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