Living in a Dream Country: Assessing Stressors Affecting Mental Health in Migrants

By Daniella Bulic.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper elaborates on the mental health of migrants to Western countries; especially an English speaking country such as Australia. It focuses on migrants of non-English speaking background (CALD), due to particular problems they face after relocating to their new home. In this instance, mental health is defined as an individual optimal functioning, well being, and capacity to adapt to the socio-cultural context (Minas, 1990). Several studies in mental health have indicated that migrants tend to suffer more mental health problems than the host population (Woden et al., 1994, as cited in Rice, 1999; Smith & McCavanagh, 2001; Taylor, 2002; Rissel & Kharvarpour, 1999).

This article identified five indicators that may result in mental health problems in migrants from CALD background. These are socio-economic background; perceived discrimination and racism; occupational concerns and financial difficulties; and familial stressors.

Keywords: Mental Health, Migrants, Stressors, Acculturation

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.9-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 520.960KB).

Daniella Bulic

Calvary Health Care ACT, Australia

Daniella Bulic is a Social Worker in an acute healthcare setting, Calvary Health Care ACT. She also holds Professional Accreditation NAATI Level 3 as an Interpreter. Daniella arrived to Australia with her family in 1990 under the professional skill migration scheme as an Economics (Honours) graduate from the University of Tourism and Foreign Trade in Dubrovnik, Croatia. She undertook further studies in Social Sciences and finished her Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 2002. Daniella started her Social Work career the same year with special interests in mental health, therapeutic counselling and solution focussed interventions with people experiencing stressful events, such as hospitalization. She is currently in the process of completing her Master of Health and Community Development Degree. Daniella is passionate about human rights, social justice and contemporary health issues. Her interests include reading, healthy living, music and yoga.

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