Modern life brings with itself a myriad of issues that we have to deal with on a daily basis. With so many things taking place every day, often simultaneously, and with the sheer amount of input we get from social media, dealing with yourself and your own issues becomes progressively more difficult. There is simply not enough time for all of it in a single day.
What adds to the persistent issue of mental health and mental hygiene are all other events taking place on an international scale. War, famine, climate change and migrations all leave wounds on both an individual and societal level. Recent developments with the Coronavirus, for example, left a lasting effect on the social milieu – something known as communally traumatic.
Why Is Mental Health So Important?
Amidst all these developments that leave marks on our psyche, it is necessary to stop and reflect occasionally. You may want to reflect on the previous day, month or even a year. Some people also reflect on entire life periods, such as their childhood, adulthood or marriage.
The thing is that, if you have no time to understand yourself and resolve accumulated issues, these problems will keep building up. They can then seriously interfere with your ability to function on a daily basis and may interfere even with your health. This is, by no means, a good thing to have happening to you.
Why Seek Mental Health Professionals?
A group that is especially vulnerable to issues of this kind are immigrants. Having moved from one country to another, they need learning foreign language for the sheer purpose of communication. And as communication in another language takes almost a decade to develop to a working level, they may need help in their own language. Let’s go and see where you can find mental health help online (and offline) in other languages (other than the English language, that is).
Where to Seek Mental Health Help in Other Languages?
Seeking mental help is often reduced to speaking with your friends. This is also a way to vent your feelings and ease the burden that you may feel. However, these are not the best practices when it comes to mental health, but may even prove to be less-than-beneficial for you. What you need is to resolve issues on your own, and ask for little help aside from the professional help that will help you navigate the turbulent waters of mental health.
If a part of your issues stems from your moving to another country, you may need help translating to your own language. Although not as good as understanding the language per se, translation can help bridge the gap and can help you establish rapport with the target country. TranslationReport is a great online platform that specializes in translation of different sorts. This platform can help you bridge the gap between what you need to communicate or understand and what is actually uttered, written or understood.
In addition to this, regularly working on your own health may prove to be the most beneficial for you. Only this way will you be able to address issues from multiple perspectives and take care that problems you may be facing now have no power in the future. Understand yourself and provide yourself with the love that you need. This is a great first step to mental health.
Needless to say, the following mental health services are not for immigrants only. You may only be a temporary immigrant who came to a foreign country to seek an international degree, or you may be there on a prolonged business ‘move’. In any case, here are some of the best online sources for your mental health advice.
HereToHelpBC offers a variety of consulting and mental help services. Coping with crises and emergencies, home management, anxiety, depression, relapse prevention and others are on the list of conditions they deal with. Needless to say, courses and modules are offered as well.
Beyond Blue offers advising for sadness and depression in new parents and helps with breastfeeding. It also helps spread awareness of family violence and advising for those living with parents with mental conditions. To complete the package, Beyond Blue also offers consultation to teens and youngsters.
A non-for-profit, the eCentreClinic increases access to mental health advising and treatment. Programs are organized as courses and offer health with common and chronic mental health issues. Anxiety, depression, panic attacks and OCD are among some common conditions they deal with.
New Roots has a more holistic approach to mental health. This clinic offers help with caring for your mind, body and relationships. They work through psychotherapy and counseling and even offer a massage as a destressing activity.
NHS (focused on pregnant women and young mothers)
The NHS focuses on pregnant women and young mothers. It offers services dealing with postpartum depression, translated mental health pamphlets and general advising on mental health for teens. Besides this, they are a rare group offering advising in the case of female genital mutilation.
TMHC works with health professionals in Australia. Together, they work on strengthening the community spirit and offer mental health brochures. They focus on culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Dorset HealthCare University specializes in mental health and learning disabilities. It deals with depression, schizophrenia and eating disorders. It also pays special attention to conditions and dependency issues, as well as offering consulting during pregnancy and childbirth.
MultiCultural Mental Health offers help to people with many conditions. Assimilation after moving, addiction, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression (and postpartum depression), and eating disorders are just some of them. Some of these are organized through group sessions and may require presence.
The UK-based Royal College of Psychiatrists offers consultation in a different form. Their many pamphlets and other materials have been translated by a group of volunteers to 26 languages. Although not personalized, they can offer good insights into the workings of the human mind.
CAMH offers questionnaires and fact sheets to people not speaking English as their first language. French, Apharic, Chinese, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Servian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamis, Tigrigna, and Urdu are the languages the documents are available in. They focus on reaching out to many, with an individualized approach.
In conclusion, being aware of the things that are happening around yourself and of your own mental health needs is the first step to an accomplished, satisfied person. You may want to check out some of the places outlined here and seek help the first occasion you get. Keep in mind that most of these resources have printed materials and free hotlines, so that you may not need to start with in-depth sessions yet.
Diane Sherron loves reading. In fact, this is one of her favorite pastimes and a great way to stay informed on the topics that interest her: sociology, social justice and psychology. She believes that every society should keep progressing towards a more peaceful and understanding society.