Mental Health Stigma Reduction for Refugee Men
'Tell Your Story' is an innovative online program designed to help refugee men overcome the stigma associated with talking about their post-traumatic stress. The multilingual program is the first of its kind to target self-stigma in refugees and features video stories of refugee men who have benefited from taking action and speaking about their own difficulties. Information, activities and these stories combine to challenge common myths and support men to take action and gain effective support for stress.
In 2016, we are testing the effectiveness of the 'Tell Your Story' online program as part of a randomised control trial (RCT).
The project is conducted in partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI) and the Black Dog Institute and is funded by beyondblue through donations from the Movember Foundation. We wish to thank the individual members of our steering committee and community advisory boards as well as organisations for their significant contribution to this project, including the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), the NSW Transcultural Mental Health Centre, the Refugee Council of Australia and the Australian Red Cross.
WHO IS THE 'TELL YOUR STORY' ONLINE PROGRAM for?
The online program is designed for refugee men who are:
- experiencing some stress relating to their past experiences
- not currently seeing a counsellor or psychologist
- over 18 years of age
- speak Farsi, Tamil or Arabic
Eligible participants will be reimbursed for completing online questionnaire that help us to test the effectiveness of 'Tell Your Story'.
All information provided by participants is considered highly confidential and is only accessed by the research team. RTRP are not connected to the government and we do not share information with Australian government departments or other Australian authorities.
referring a client to 'tell your story'
When a referral is received, a member of our team will telephone your client (with an interpreter if preferred) and ask some brief questions to ensure they are eligible to take part. During this call, more detailed information about 'Tell Your Story' will be provided to help your client decide if they want to take part.
If you would like to speak to us about 'Tell Your Story', please contact Dr Rosanna Pajak on 1300 130 700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.