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Wellbeing Foundation South Sudan  (WFSS) is a specialist, non-profit organisation that has provided culturally appropriate and cutting edge psychological treatment and support to help people heal the scars of torture and refugee trauma and rebuild their lives in South Sudan & in the Diaspora.

WFSS helps people and communities from IDPS backgrounds, including returnees, who were forced to leave their towns due to persecution in the context of political conflict, organized violence and human rights violations. WFSS also supports and resources service providers, educational institutions and volunteer groups to work more effectively with South Sudanese traumatized in the conflict.

Why does WFSS exist?

A large number of the returnees, refuges/former refugees coming back to South Sudan & those in the Diaspora have been exposed to traumatic events, and most will have experienced multiple traumas, including war and violence, deprivation, and the death or disappearance of loved ones. Many will also have been subjected to torture or severe human rights violations.

The physical consequences of torture and trauma are many, ranging from chronic pain to heart problems. However, it is the psychological and social effects that are often the most distressing and difficult to deal with. They can range from depression and anxiety to family conflict and breakdown.

This comes on top of the demands associated with leaving behind a familiar environment and coming to a country with a different language, culture and systems. In addition, refugees are coping with the normal ups and downs that all human beings face.

Despite the amazing resilience of returnees in South Sudan and those who are still in the Diaspora, they will often need specialized assistance to overcome the effects of their experiences. With some help, torture and trauma survivors are more likely to live fruitful and fulfilling lives.

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WFSS’ Vision :

Services for Mentally ill, torture and trauma survivors in South Sudan are:

  • Of excellent standard, informed by, and contributing to national and international best practice
  • Valued and supported by informed and empowered communities.
  • Proactive in supporting appropriate and effective services for torture and trauma survivors elsewhere in South Sudan and South Sudanese around the world.
  • Committed to culturally congruent, evidence based service provision and ongoing improvement through development and innovation in the field.

OUR MISSION in South Sudan

To develop and implement ways to facilitate the healing process of survivors of torture and refugee trauma and to assist and resource individuals and organisations who work with them to provide appropriate, effective and culturally sensitive services.

  • Advocacy and public awareness
  • Education of communities in SS and the Diaspora in Australia
  • Referral of clients and their families or careers to all relevant services
  • Promote the best practices in assessment, management and treatment of mental illness.
  • Foster research into mental illnesses in Australia and then, as funds allow, in SS
  • Provide quality care to all individuals.
  • Human resources/capacity building: Work with appropriate partners to build the capacity of a comprehensive mental health set of services to clients and their families or careers.

OUR VALUES

  • WFSS holds the belief that good mental health is integral to overall wellbeing.
  • WFSS believes that the hope of recovery from mental health issues should be available to all.
  • Stigmatization of people living with mental health issues should be discouraged, and mentally ill individuals should be treated with dignity and fairness.
  • Research on mental health and mental health issues is essential to improving the lives of all persons.
  • Collaboration, inclusiveness, and communication with stakeholders are an essential part of the success of WFSS’s activities.

OUR MISSION in Australia

  • Educate families and community members on mental health and act as a liaison between relevant mental health service providers and the South Sudanese Community.
    • Offer a wide range of supportive and referral services such as counseling, advocacy and extra support to individuals suffering from mental health illnesses and their families.
    • Build support networks where people can share their experiences and have a nurturing environment that promotes recovery and well-being.
    • Discourage the stigmatization of mentally ill individuals and their families.

     

    OUR VALUES

    • WFSS holds the belief that good mental health is integral to overall wellbeing for everyone.
    • WFSS believes that the hope of recovery from mental health issues should be available to all.
    • Stigmatization of people living with mental health issues should be discouraged, and mentally ill individuals should be treated with dignity and fairness.
    • Research on mental health and mental health issues is essential to improving the lives of all persons.
    • Collaboration, inclusiveness, and communication with stakeholders are an essential part of the success of WFSS’s activities.

     

    WFSSF’s Strategic Priority Areas

    • Advocacy and public awareness
    • Education of South Sudanese communities in Diaspora in Australia
    • Referral of clients and their families or carers to all relevant services
    • Cross-cultural training for services in Australia
    • Foster research into mental illnesses in Australia
    • Promote the best practices in assessment, management and treatment of mental illness.
    • Provide quality care to all individuals.
    • Human resources/capacity building: Work with appropriate partners to build the capacity of a comprehensive mental health set of services to clients and their families or carers.
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