Ashoka Fellow Krystian Fikert's organisation MyMind is making mental healthcare accessible and affordable for thousands of people in Ireland. Their innovative online platform offers online counselling, with in-person treatment offered in four national clinics, based in Cork, Limerick, North Dublin and South Dublin.
You’re living in a new country.
You’re surrounded by people speaking a different language and while you can understand some of what they’re saying, you’re still learning and struggle to keep up.
While you’re slowly mastering simpler things like ordering coffee in a restaurant and making small talk with a colleague, a full grasp of the language seems a long way off.
Now imagine you’re struggling with a mental health difficulty in this new and foreign place.
You may be feeling anxious or depressed while a long way from home. You may be homesick or experiencing culture shock, loneliness or stress.
You know that talking to a counsellor would help you sort through these issues, but if you can barely make a restaurant reservation, how can you possibly talk to someone about something as important and complex as your mental wellbeing.
Now imagine there is somewhere you can go that offers care and support in many different languages, and where you can talk to someone about how you’re feeling in your own mother tongue.
A place like MyMind.
Mental health challenges are widespread in the modern world.
In Ireland, one in six of us will suffer mental health difficulties at some point in their lives.
Life events such as the loss of a loved one, unemployment, financial hardship, migration and identity issues are just a few things that can cause mental distress.
If you’re living in a new country, there may be times when you miss home and family, you may struggle to feel understood – or perhaps you have moments of feeling isolated without the support of people who know you best.
This can make you feel anxious, depressed or stressed, and can affect how you feel about yourself.
Due to language barriers, stigma and lack of knowledge of services available, it can be especially difficult for people from migrant communities to reach out for help.
MyMind provides services to people in their native language, opening up a channel that allows them to learn more about mental health and get the support they need.
MyMind has a team of mental health professionals to choose from, you can get an appointment within just 72 hours and even have a session online in the comfort of your own home.
MyMind psychologist Brenda Pedrosa, who is from Brazil and speaks both Portuguese and English says, “Many of my clients feel lonely, they are homesick, and are far away from their families, so having a mental health professional to turn to, who can speak to them in their own language, is very important.”
This blogpost was written by the team at MyMind. Find out more and book appointments on their website: www.mymind.org