Ciara Kenny

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How are you coping emotionally after emigrating?

Crosscare Migrant Project survey aims to find out about mental health issues affecting recent emigrants

The confidential survey asks about coping mechanisms, emotional supports and homesickness, as well as the positive experiences of emigration.

Wed, May 14, 2014, 11:03


Crosscare Migrant Project is investigating mental health issues among recent emigrants, and is calling on Irish people who have moved abroad since 2009 to complete a short online survey about their experiences.

Crosscare’s policy officer Joe O’Brien says:

“Leaving your home and your country and trying to start a new life in a whole different setting and part of world is one of the most challenging things that any person can undertake. We want to find out more about the personal and emotional challenges that people face and struggle with and most importantly how they are coping with them.

“Unfortunately emigration looks like it will be a feature of Irish life into the future. This survey is about finding out about the strength of our recent emigrants and the practical ways they have coped with the emotional upheavals involved – all with a view to better informing and preparing future emigrants.

“We are hoping for input from Irish emigrants all over the world including those who have returned. The survey will be open until the end of May. It’s a confidential survey and we will be asking about coping mechanisms, emotional supports, homesickness, changing perceptions and also peoples’ positive experiences of emigration. We will also be asking people their own view on how their mental health has changed before, during and after the process of emigrating.

“Out of this we hope to produce a short ‘emigrant driven’ guide on how to cope with the emotional and mental challenges of emigration.

“Historically we know that many vulnerable Irish emigrants have felt very isolated and neglected in their adopted countries and this has impacted hugely on their mental health. We want to do what we can to help the current wave of people leaving to prepare for all aspects of emigration, especially their own wellbeing.

“We are also specifically asking anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account to spread the word about this survey via the internet. It could be a small but important contribution to easing the strain of emigration for future emigrants.”

Crosscare Migrant Project is an NGO providing information and support for intending and returning Irish emigrants. The survey is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and can be found here.

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