Last night, a friend confided that his daughter is experiencing difficulty maintaining a social life outside of school now that she has repatriated to the UK. Another has a daughter who is finding it a challenge to settle in at school within the adopted country. Both families need support clearly and perhaps organisations have under estimated the challenges and frustrations our children face before, during and after their time abroad?
Resilience and mental health are key to maintaining a happy and healthy life. Today I stumbled across a (new to me) section of BeyondBlue, a section devoted to developing and sustaining resilience within the family unit. Applicable to all families, especially applicable to those posted/living overseas or those who have recently repatriated. Of particular note were the sections relating to identifying and seeking support for children suffering from mental illness; here parents are provided with advice, information and links to gain further information.
So in support of friends, colleagues and fellow expats here is the link to beyondblue beyondblue.org.au an organisation committed to “increasing understanding and reducing the impact of anxiety and depression”. You may wish to share this information with your own family, friends, school community in the hopes of supporting others.