The WRAP #97: Mental health, building trust and 60 seconds with Alexandra Rijavec

Dear WRAP family,

What a difficult month.

We’ve been devastated by the loss of lives, homes and land of the Palestinian people. We are heartbroken by the unimaginable scale of death and suffering in India. We’ve been crushed by the shooting of protesters in Myanmar. Global events deeply impact migrant communities here, and we feel this every day. We stand in solidarity with Palestine against Israel’s occupation. We stand in mourning with everyone who is grieving or fearing for loved ones in another country. We stand against the violation of human rights everywhere.

For those in Victoria entering lockdown again we’re also thinking of you. We hope that you stay safe and well during this time. The state of the world today takes a toll on us all: and it is clearer than ever how important it is to protect and care for our mental health.

The Victorian government recently recognised this, investing an impressive $3.8 billion into mental health. Yet, without allocating specific funding into migrant women’s health, we’re not sure if migrant women will benefit.  In our first article, we want to explain the importance of targeted and tailored programs for migrant women.

We also write about vaccine hesitancy and the need for trained health educators to provide in-language information to migrant women to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.

Finally, we bring you a very lovely 60 seconds interview with Alexandra Rijavec, our Project Coordinator for the Working for Victoria initiative to deliver COVID and vaccine information to migrant women across Victoria.

Until next time,
The WRAP team