Angelica and Stephanie say that talking about your feelings and emotions in the Pasifika community can be challenging due to cultural taboos. They say mental health is not widely discussed which makes it hard for community members to seek help and access support services.
Angelica and Stephanie share their experience of moving to and settling in Australia, and how this impacted their mental health. They encourage other Pasifika community members to talk openly about mental health and seek help when needed.
Meet the Pasifika Community Leadership Group
Angelica is finishing her Diploma of Community Services and is currently working as a Residential Care Worker. In her free time, she likes to go on last-minute hikes and “get lost” in nature. This is how she looks after her wellbeing and she considers this the perfect way to “get her mind off things”. For Angelica, being a leader means being able to listen, learn, understand, and cooperate with others.
Her main reasons to join the MHLP were to be able to create content catered towards the Pasifika community and learn more about mental health. Her main takeaway from the project was remembering the importance of taking a break from things that affect mental wellbeing.
Stephanie is a Gender Justice Officer at a non-government organization but first and foremost, she is an activist and advocate for human rights and equality. For Stephanie, the lines are blurry between work and hobbies, because her work runs through everything. Learning more about how we can live better together is a hobby for Stephanie but also what she hopes will be her life’s work.
As part of her activism, Steph founded the Vanuatu Feminist Library. She decided to join the MHLP and talk about her own story to encourage the Pasifika community to discuss about mental health.
Mental health infographic in Samoan
Statistics, tips and resources about mental health in Samoan.