Mental health is often closely connected to social relationships, lifestyle, economic conditions and family relations. Moving to a new country means losing one’s social network, and for many people it also means losing one’s sense of control over one’s daily life. Many of the women who use our services come from countries with war and poverty, have had to live in refugee camps and in addition to a great sense of loss, they must carry the memory of these traumatic experiences with them. The migration process can lead to feelings of disappointment, isolation, ineptness and insecurity and other feelings associated with a change in living conditions. Many people moving countries also encounter communication problems and sometimes face prejudice in the new country. For the younger generation many other things can contribute to feelings of mental stress, including questions surrounding identity and cultural belonging. In addition, it can be difficult for many minority women – young and old – to form solid social networks and build social capital. This is often due to misunderstandings between generations, confusion around identity or just the exhaustion that comes from having to switch between identities and different social codes of conduct (between home and school/work). Many of these women fail to develop and maintain those networks that develop naturally through school or work.
Over the last few years we have noticed an increasing number of specific inquiries about mental health, both from minority women themselves and from the institutional health services dedicated to helping minority girls and women. Recent experiences of migration, difficult economic conditions, discrimination in the labour market and feelings of decreased self-worth are all factors that can negatively impact the mental health of children, girls and women with a minority background. The MiRA Centre aims to support children, young girls and women with minority backgrounds to find strength from within themselves in order to handle everyday situations.
The MiRA Centre acts as both a resource centre and as a bridge builder between young girls and older generations and between different components of the support system. We can offer legal aid, information, therapy sessions, individual counseling, social and cultural activities and a broad social network.
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The MiRA Centre is a resource centre with expertise on issues related to migration, racism, gender and minority women. The centre offers training, courses, seminars and consulting services as well as lectures to interested individuals, institutions and organizations. If you would like to know more about our services, you can contact us by clicking here >>