Overcoming Stigma: Engaging with communities about mental health


There is a strong need to reduce stigma about mental health, for people from both refugee and non-refugee backgrounds. This workshop explores barriers preventing people from refugee backgrounds from accessing support for mental health struggles, and examines ways of engaging with communities around issues affecting wellbeing.

Participants will be introduced to the Foundation House Community Capacity Building Model, and examples of work within communities will be shared. Drawing on the model, participants will be provided to reflect on potential ways of engaging with people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced collective trauma.

Content includes:

  • Foundation House Community Capacity Building Model;
  • Exploration of the potential effect of culture on perceptions of mental health and mental illness;
  • Common mental health concerns for people from refugee backgrounds;
  • Identification of key barriers preventing people from refugee backgrounds accessing mental health services;
  • Examples of engaging communities around the impact of trauma; and
  • Where to next? eg. identification of engagement strategies and potential ways of implementing these; future training and collaborations).

Suitable for

Anyone interested in working with communities whose members may be from refugee backgrounds, eg. bi-cultural workers; community development workers; school employees, eg. teachers, vice-principals, welfare staff; those working in policy roles, eg. community health workers and managers.


$275 per person
Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.