Overview

Settling down is an important stage of your life. Relationships, families, and retirement all have their ups and downs. In a new country, it can be hard to find support when you are not feeling okay. Head to Health can help.

Having and taking care of children

Raising children is rewarding and challenging. You want them to grow up understanding their culture and history. They should also connect with their ‘new’ country too, with friends and people who care for them. You need support too! School systems, health care, traditions and customs – it can be a lot to deal with.

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Experiencing separation and divorce

A break up can make you feel angry, sad, betrayed, or any number of emotions. It can bring financial stress and loneliness. It takes time in a new country to build a social network. But when a couple separates or divorces, that network may split, or disappear entirely. You may even consider leaving Australia, or wonder how to cope if you stay. No matter how you’re feeling, support is at hand.

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Losing a loved one

Losing a loved one can bring strong emotions. You may feel sadness, anger, or even relief. But when you’re living in a new country, there can be other emotions too. Loneliness from losing trusted support. Confusion or frustration finding appropriate services. Stress or worry telling the news to family and friends overseas. If it all becomes too much, there are people you can talk to who can help.

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Problems in your home country

No matter where you live, you will always feel a connection to your home country. You may be relieved that you have escaped problems. You can also feel stress and worry for those who are still there. If you are feeling concerned, distressed, or anxious, we can help you find support.

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Retiring

Retirement can bring mixed feelings. Many look forward to finishing work, but it can be a stressful time too. You may not know how to fill your time. Your support network might change. You might be worried about your finances. You might be having trouble finding care that suits your culture. If retirement is affecting your mental health, support is available.

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Page last updated 22nd December 2020