Stories of Hope from Bhutanese Refugees: Moving from Distress to Wellness

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This YouTube video playlist provides Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees living in the United States, those who are about to be resettled, new arrivals, and former refugees with a series of eight short videos about the resettlement experience, emotional wellness, and suicide prevention. The videos are in Nepali with English subtitles, and feature stories of Bhutanese refugees who resettled in the U.S after living in refugee camps in Nepal for nearly two decades. It provides testimonials from Bhutanese community members to help those who may experience emotional distress, difficulty in learning the English language, adjusting to American culture, finding employment, and who may suffer from chronic stress because of torture or separation from families. It identifies sources of hope in the Buddhist religion, traditional practices such as yoga, meditation, and prayer, and the Bhutanese community.

The first video contains a message of hope and encouragement from a Bhutanese community leader, and includes testimonials from Bhutanese refugees who share ways they overcame emotional distress and found a new sense of hope and meaning in life. Advice for visiting a doctor, working with an interpreter, when to call 911, and suicide prevention is provided. It is accompanied by seven video profiles of individual Bhutanese community members who resettled in the U.S. and share their own personal stories of moving from distress to emotional wellness.

The Stories of Hope from Bhutanese Refugees: Moving from Distress to Wellness - Video User's Guide gives refugee service providers, health and behavioral health educators, community-based organizations, and other professionals guidance for how to use the videos to promote emotional wellness and suicide prevention among Bhutanese refugees. It explains the purpose of the guide, the target audience for the videos, and provides links and contact information for additional resources. A suicide prevention handout in English and Nepali is provided.

Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement
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Mental Health, Refugees, Stress, Suicide, Torture
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