MCCWA celebrated Refugee Week 2023 by holding our second Mental Health Symposium on the topic of "Finding Freedom: Refugee Mental Health and Inclusion". The event was well attended by 85+ service providers and community leaders.
The symposium delved deep into the vast and complex impacts that the refugee experience has on mental health. Attendees heard presentations from speakers of a wide range of perspectives including legal, clinical, social and LGBTQI+. In addition, our wonderful speakers also shared their lived experience stories which emphasized that refugee/migrant experiences are never the same but are diverse and individualized with varying impacts on mental health. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to celebrate Refugee Week with MCCWA and participate in the discussion about issues affecting refugees.
A special thank you to Professor Caroline Fleay, Mr. Habtegabr Tesfamichael, Mental Health Commissioner Lindsay Hale, Dr. Sue Lutton, Ms. Iteriteka Gloria Dev, Dr. Kwadwo Adusei-Asante, Mx. Misty Farquhar OAM, Dr. Lukasz Krzyzowski, and Ms. Sobia Shah for their insightful presentations and comments.
The symposium was accompanied by a mini expo in which attendees could engage and learn more about services for people from refugee, migrant, and asylum seeker backgrounds. We would also like to thank the Curtin Centre for Human Rights Education, Australian Red Cross, Freedom Centre, Professional Migrant Women's Network, Amnesty International, and Ombudsman WA for sharing information about their services.