Arogyam is Tamil for ‘’wellbeing’’. This is a place-based initiative committed to supporting men of all ages, from migrant and refugee backgrounds with a special focus on social support and well-being.
Formed around a placed based community, Open Exchange contributors will gather monthly to participate in ‘’narrative therapy’’ sessions, involving telling stories, engagement in discussions, and quiet contemplation.
Why does it exist?
We are witnessing a growing crisis in our communities concerning social isolation and community disconnection amongst particularly men from migrant and refugee communities.
Curated and facilitated by men from migrant and refugee backgrounds, the Open Exchange offers the opportunity for men from CALD backgrounds to ‘’show up’’ to openly exchange and identify steps that we, individually or our communities can take towards a sense of belonging and peace in our individual lives, families and communities.
The Open Exchange is motivated to help write this new story by offering the experience and information people need to reimagine a life filled with more meaning, love, gratitude, compassion, awe and connection – and ultimately lives, families and communities absent of violence.
WHAT STEPS WILL IT TAKE TO INVOLVE AND SUPPORT ITS TARGET COMMUNITY?
Facilitated by trained leaders from the migrant/refugee community, accredited in Mental Health First Aid, the project will work closely with local health service providers, practitioners, regional peak bodies and ethnic councils. Facilitators seek clinical supervision from Dr. Judy Tang, Invictus Health.
IN ORDER TO ATTEND, PLEASE FIRST CONTACT WITH US FOR EACH MEN’S CIRCLE