the need: trauma and diverse communities
A record number of people was forced to migrate during the past years. Many have been directly exposed to war, violence, deprivation or natural catastrophes, facing these experiences far away from home. While the numbers of people in need are rising, mental health professionals can only work with individuals with the highest levels of difficulties. Meanwhile, whole communities can struggle to adapt around rapidly increasing diversity and the impact of emotional suffering. Professionals working with vulnerable individuals and families are often confronted with complex needs that can range from language barriers to trauma symptoms.
our aim: Psychosocial empowerment and awareness
creating links aims to enhance cultural competence, psychological knowledge, social awareness and integration in diverse communities to help them provide a durable foundation for displaced and migrating populations. We view professionals working with vulnerable individuals and families as key figures who can foster well-being and resilience in future generations. By empowering and supporting these professionals to better understand the impact of psychological effects as well as cultural and psychosocial needs, our project generates a positive ripple-effect in promoting integrated and emotionally enabled societies.
our approach: disseminating skills within communities
Following a sustainable community-based approach, creating links focus on the needs of vulnerable client groups and professionals who constitute an important environment for their wellbeing and healing. Building on interdisciplinary and multicultural expertise, our projects adopts preventative measures by working with creative art therapists, mental health workers and other psychosocial professionals, to enhance their skills and knowledge. Diverse communities are thus provided with a network that can address and cater for their emotional needs. They can draw strength and resilience from informed and supportive figures within their immediate environment.