Dec 6th 2018

Award winning project! Helping Colombian refugees to settle into Nelson and to cope with the change

The project ‘Stressbusters – supporting Colombian refugees to Nelson’ is the overall winner in the Nelson Marlborough Health 2018 Health Innovation Awards (HIA).

The project won the ‘Darcy Christopher Excellence Award’ at the Health Innovation Awards ceremony on 29 November at The Rutherford Hotel. The project successfully developed and rolled out a course for teaching Colombian refugees how to settle in Nelson and how to cope with the change.

The Project lead Deb Moore, professional psychology leader for Nelson Marlborough Health Mental Health and Addiction Services says that the course was established in recognition that stress is a normal human response to the situation refugees are in, rather than mental illness.

“It has been a really exciting project supporting former Colombian refugees in our community,” she says. “I’ve had fantastic support from the Victory Community Centre, Red Cross, volunteer psychologists, mental health colleagues, and particularly from Fernando Hurtado who provided interpreter support for the groups.” 

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