The concept behind this program stems from personal experience. As a refugee, our founder is no stranger to the stigmatization of mental health in the community. Based off of research, children of refugee families are less likely to attend therapy sessions or seek psychological help. Parents do not encourage it and are often uncomfortable speaking about it. This program will help students, parents and families learn about mental health with hopes of breaking the stigma and creating a support base.
Mental health has a harmful stigma prevalent in many communities around the world, especially among the refugee population. After being forced out of their original communities, it becomes harder for refugee students to function in both school and life settings without healing from the trauma they encounter before, during, and after their transition to the United States of America.
Safe Haven is committed to offering mental health and well-being programs to refugee students and their families. We want to help them succeed in American life and make their adjustment to cultural changes easier through programs in schools and community organizations. Through educating students as well as parents about mental health, we hope to lessen the stigma around mental health in refugee communities and create a sense of support for students and families.
Our number one goal is to educate refugee students and families on the importance of well-being and mental health as well as provide mental health services to assist students in becoming self-confident so they can integrate into American society successfully. We will do this by teaching students what psychological well-being looks like, the different ways it can affect the human body, and the consequences when young people do not get the mental health care they need. We will work with students’ families to break the stigma that is commonly held in refugee households, encouraging unity within the family by offering them ways to practice and incorporate a variety of psychological fitness exercises.
At Safe Haven Space, our vision is to create a community where mental health is a top priority and individuals can access the resources they need to achieve optimal well-being.
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