Melbourne is home to the largest South Sudanese community in Australia. In 2018, the community was experiencing increasing scrutiny, in a way that South Sudanese Australian Communities and TACSI felt was divisive, racist and harmful to their success in Australia. In response, we worked with South Sudanese Australian communities, providers and government to collectively propose ways to enable the community to thrive. That project resulted in the on-going funding of ‘Talk with Me;’ a program that connects generations within the South Sudanese Australian community.
This second project is specifically focussed on improving mental health for young people. Our partners are the community, DHHS and coHealth. This project was catalysed by a tragic string of suicides and stress related deaths. The South Sudanese Australian community and partners wanted to develop community led solutions to improve young people’s wellbeing.