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AFPRA to champion mental health issues affecting African-Australian professionals

by  Africa Media Australia

Anecdotal evidence suggests that African-Australians, like the rest of the Australian society,  are increasingly falling victims of mental health issues over recent years because of, amongst other things, the the increase of anxiety, depression, and trauma of different types.

To address this issue, Afroshine Professionals Alliance (AFPRA) Inc is committed to encouraging and facilitating conversations surrounding African-Australian mental health using online and and in-person forums.



“I believe improving the mental of African-Australian professionals is a very important goal for anyone interested in promoting the well-being of our communities at various levels, including individual, family and the broader community” stated Clyde S. Sharady, Chairperson of AFPRA

“It is incumbent on us as community leaders to ensure we take the right steps to help restore the souls, ignite excellence, promote wealth creation and inspire elevation and upliftment of the African-Australian communities. Without good mental health, none of the above can be achieved”, he added.

As the COVID crisis persists and more people continue to be negatively affected by the pandemic, both directly and indirectly and AFPRA believes that African professionals and leaders should work together to bring ideas and experiences together to sensitive the community for this critical area of individual, family and community well-being across Victoria and the rest of the country.

AFPRA also aims to go beyond COVID and build a system that provides long-term support for African-Australian Professionals communities. It has indicated that it will pursue partnership with various African-led community organisations and mainstream services that operate in the mental health sector to provide culturally appropriate assistance.  Additionally, AFRPA says it will take steps to  raise fund over the next couple of years to help strengthen its capacity to meet the needs of the community in this area.

“Mental health is paramount for the wellbeing of our community. Even without much funding we can do what we can to bring people together  to start telling their stories, share their frustration and anxiety,  relate to others who may be going through the same issues and remove the stigma around mental health in our communities” stated Clyde S. Sharady.

Anyone who wishes to work with AFRPA in relation to this issue or who needs assistance can ring Afro Helpline on 1300 319 019



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